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Beware: Plastic pollution can spread viruses

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how easily viruses can spread between humans through aerosols.
Another way is via plastic pollution in surface water. This is concerning because plastic pollution is rapidly increasing, and microplastics are hard to filter out of wastewater. How well viruses survive on the surface of plastic and how likely plastic pollution spreads viral diseases depends on the virus, plastic, and environment. Learn more about these factors:

Plastic pollution in the ocean is a major concern (credit: Alones on Shutterstock)
Plastic pollution in the ocean is a major concern (credit: Alones on Shutterstock)

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  • Annett Michuki..

    61 w

    the invention of plastics brought so much damage to the planet

    • Daniel Waweru

      68 w

      Plastics are the greatest threat to the climate

      • Joseph Githinji

        68 w

        If you can't recycle ♻️ better not use it at all , we really need to take action and stop singing this song about using non reusable plastics

        • Grace Njeri

          68 w

          These include endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which are linked to infertility, obesity, diabetes, prostate or breast cancer, among others.

        • Hilda Wangui

          68 w

          Action needed towards reduction and usage of plastic to safe the environment as well the marine life's by use of recycling,re_using and reducing we can minimise plastics pollution

          • George Kariuki

            68 w

            We need to take urgent action to reduce plastic pollution and protect our health and the environment.

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