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Medical Waste Management during COVID-19 Situation: Perspective Towards Safe Environment

Version 1 : Received: 2 June 2021 / Approved: 3 June 2021 / Online: 3 June 2021 (13:22:55 CEST)

How to cite: JINDAL, M.K.; Sar, D.S.K. Medical Waste Management during COVID-19 Situation: Perspective Towards Safe Environment. Preprints 2021, 2021060117 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0117.v1). JINDAL, M.K.; Sar, D.S.K. Medical Waste Management during COVID-19 Situation: Perspective Towards Safe Environment. Preprints 2021, 2021060117 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0117.v1).

Abstract

The situation in the world of pandemics is rapidly changing, and the second wave of COVID-19 has put a lot of pressure on the government and private sector, which are primarily responsible for controlling the situation. COVID-19 positive cases have increased in recent months relative to last year, and the number of patients admitted to hospitals has also increased, despite the fact that few of them were denied admission due to shortage of beds. Normal people who experience any symptoms immediately isolate themselves and begin taking the COVID medications prescribed by medical personnel and their team. During these times, all domestic people tossed the wrappers and boxes of medicines into the regular trash can, and the waste was handed over to the waste collector, who treated it like any other domestic waste and disposed of it using open dumping or other methods. The goal of this perspective is to suggest the collections of these types of waste from domestics, and protect the natural resources like water, soil, and even living beings like animals from pollution (from the effect of SARS-CoV-2). The main challenge for environmental waste management agencies is determining who has COVID positive and which houses generate these types of waste; thus, proposed strategy may be beneficial to the long-term sustainability of natural resources and animals.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; Medical Waste; Sustainability; Environment.

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