Posted: 11:32 BST, Jan. March 2021 | Updated: 11:32 AM BST, Jan. March 2021

A picture of a bird tangled in a face mask was shared by scientists warning that measures to slow the spread of Covid-19 are “killing animals around the world”

A team from Leiden University described the waste of masks, gloves and other forms of personal protective equipment (PPE) as a “ticking plastic time bomb” that may already be fired in some parts of the world

They investigated the extent of the problem after discovering a perch trapped in a latex glove that had been used during the pandemic

The team found foxes and birds in face masks, a mask in a penguin stomach, and even bird nests made from plastic pollution

Biologists have called for more careful disposal of Covid safety equipment to reduce the impact on the world’s wildlife

Scientists have shared a picture of a bird tangled in a face mask They warn that measures to slow the spread of Covid-19 are “killing animals around the world”

A team from Leiden University described the waste of masks, gloves and other forms of personal protective equipment (PPE) as a “ticking plastic time bomb” that may already go off in some parts of the world

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used by those who care for patients who have tested positive for coronavirus

There is concern that the plastic made from PPE is poorly thrown away and gets into the stomachs of wildlife

To better understand the extent of the problem study, the authors wanted to find out how often and where animals interact with Covid waste

They used a combination of social media, websites and local newspaper reports from Brazil to Malaysia to track the spread of plastic waste

They discovered incidents of foxes in the UK and birds in Canada wrapped in face masks, as well as hedgehogs, gulls and crabs caught by PPE

Researchers also noticed evidence that animals actually ate the plastic garbage, with a case of a penguin having one in its stomachs

The study authors found evidence of a coot nest in the Netherlands made with face masks and gloves that had not been properly disposed of

“Animals are weakened because they become entangled or starve due to the plastic in their stomachs,” said study author Liselotte Rambonnet

The variety of animals affected by corona debris is considerable, the team explained, adding that the problem extends across the animal kingdom

“Vertebrates and invertebrates on land, in freshwater and in seawater become entangled or become trapped in corona debris,” said co-author Auke-Florian Hiemstra

They investigated the extent of the problem after discovering a perch trapped in a latex glove that had been used during the pandemic

The packaging of paper tissues is also in nests The team noted, “As such, we even see the symptoms of COVID-19 in animal structures,” added Hiemstra,

The team relied on local photographers, garbage collectors, bird watchers, wildlife centers and veterinarians to gather data on the spread of the PPE waste problem

‘As a result, we can learn more about the impact of this category of single-use products on wildlife, so we ask people to keep sharing their observations so we can keep an up-to-date picture,’ said Rambonnet

The team found foxes and birds in face masks, a mask in a penguin stomach, and even bird nests made from plastic pollution

Biologists have called for more careful disposal of Covid safety equipment to reduce the impact on the world’s wildlife

They created a website called CovidLitter and they ask people to record all sightings of animals affected by Covid litter

Rambonnet and Hiemstra hope this review will raise people’s awareness of the dangers of face masks and gloves to wildlife

They have also encouraged users, whenever possible, to use reusable face masks instead of disposable masks, and at least properly discard disposable masks

Every day millions of us throw a plastic bottle or a cardboard container in the trash – and we feel that we are doing our part for the environment

What we may not realize, however, is that most plastics are not recycled at all and instead often end up in landfills or incinerators

Of the 30 billion plastic bottles used by UK households each year, only 57 percent are currently recycled Half is dumped, the other half is wasted

Most plastics are not recycled at all and often end up in landfills or in incinerators000 plastic bottles as waste

Britain throws away 2.5 billion paper cups every year, which is 5000 cups per minute corresponds to

Five specialist recycling facilities in the UK can recycle any cups used on our main roads

One of the biggest problems with recycling paper jars is making sure that the paper cups end up in these facilities and are not disposed of incorrectly

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