It seems that the Corona pandemic has not only harmed humans in all corners of the globe, but its devastation has reached the seas and oceans, and thus to marine organisms.
A new report revealed that 193 countries produced 8 million tons of waste during the Corona virus pandemic, and most of that waste ended up at the bottom of the seas and oceans.
And the report published in the American journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” continued that about 26,000 tons of the eight million tons of waste of personal protective equipment used during the pandemic, which is mostly plastic waste, leaked into the world’s oceans and ended up on beaches and the bottom of the ocean. seas.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in demand for single-use plastics that is intensifying pressure on the already out-of-control global plastic waste problem,” the study authors explained.
The researchers believe that about 87% of the waste is coming from hospitals rather than individuals, that countries are unable to deal with and efficiently treat the huge amount of plastic waste, and that most of the global dumping of waste comes from Asia with 72%.
The researchers added that there are 10 rivers that represent 79% of the plastic waste discharge associated with the Corona pandemic, and the rivers that take the first places are the Shatt al-Arab in Iraq, the Indus River in India, and the Yangtze River in China, according to the study.
In the summary of their study, they indicated that “the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in the demand for single-use plastics, which increases pressure on the already out-of-control global plastic waste problem,” they said
The report also noted that “plastic is suitable for the production of personal protective equipment and packaging due to its durability and cheap price, but this plastic endangers marine life and threatens long-term issues for the coastal environment and the ecosystem.”
The authors of the new study belong to the School of Atmospheric Sciences at Nanjing University of China, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, and San Diego in La Jolla, California.
In a related context, another report revealed that 1.56 million medical masks were thrown into the ocean during the past year 2020.
The Corona virus has caused the death of at least 5,062,911 people in the world since the World Health Organization office in China reported the emergence of the disease at the end of December 2019. At least 250,819,970 people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus since its appearance. The vast majority of those infected recovered, although some continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months after recovery