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The consequences of the pandemic: mountains of garbage and billions of damage

Now the whole world is sitting at home and does not go out. But this cannot go on forever, in a month or two quarantines will be lifted in many countries and people will go to work, study, etc. Most likely, countries will have to take tough measures to prevent new outbreaks of the virus. In South Korea and China, this was decided obliging the population to wear masks and gloves. Of course, states will have to keep closedrestaurants, cinemas and other crowded places, otherwise it does not make sense to remove quarantine. I can not imagine in the near future football matches or concerts with filled stadiums or concert halls. It is just insanely dangerous.

In the Middle Ages in Europe, doctors wore suchleather masks during the bubonic plague epidemic. Inside the beak there were aromatic salts and medicinal herbs so that the doctor did not smell the decaying flesh. Eye holes were covered with glass

But the state will have to open stores,supermarkets, offices, universities and most importantly - public transport. Without this, it simply does not make sense to remove quarantine; people must get to work, go to the office and study. Without entertainment, the world can live, without work and study there.

We all come across something similar today if we go to the store

I understand that the stores will be lined inwe will stand in line 2 meters from each other, places in the transport will be marked with red crosses and we will sit through one seat. But what will happen during rush hour? What will happen on the escalators? We will not be able to keep our distance everywhere and always, this will create enormous traffic jams.

In some cities, this is marked inside public transport.

And here the question arises: all these people in the subway and offices will wear masks and gloves? My answer is yes, and this will be a prerequisite both from the state and from the people. I don’t want to let my wife or child out in a public place without protective equipment the next year, the risk of reinfection is too great. We know very well that the Spaniard virus had two waves, and the second is stronger than the first. Already, many virologists are predicting a second outbreak of coronavirus incidence in October 2020.

However, lessons should be drawn from everything. Recently we examined in detail what humanity should learn after the “Spanish woman”

Then the question arises how many masks will be neededto the population of the earth? How much will it cost people and most importantly what harm will these masks and gloves do to nature? We are well aware that the masks will not be disposed of separately, gloves will be thrown into common bins and then rotted away at garbage landfills for thousands of years or burnt at incinerators, and soot will settle in our lungs.

It has already reached the point that turtles began to eat plastic trash

I would really like some startupInvented masks and gloves from a material that is not harmful to nature and quickly decomposes. The main thing is that such masks and gloves protect no worse than ordinary ones. Another scenario is reusable masksthat can either be washed or havereplaceable filters (which also fly into the trash). But I don’t really understand what to do with gloves, putting reusable gloves in your pocket is not an option, they must be disposed of immediately and repeated many times a day.

Reusable mask with replaceable filters

I would like to immediately tell those who will talk aboutnot required to wear masks: you wear masks not only for yourself, but to a greater extent for those people who surround you. The mask protects against the saliva that we release into the air during a conversation, sneezing, or coughing. Do not even think to start this conversation in the comments - South Korea and China spit in your face with their statistics, they stopped the pandemic at home masks and insulation.

And now let's count, as they say "onfingers. " One mask costs 5 rubles. (at normal times), you can wear it for 4 hours, some models can be washed. On average, we can take: one mask per person per day. Children, adults, old people - everyone will wear masks. The population of Russia is 144 million people, hence we get that 80% of the population will be forced to wear a mask when leaving home (suppose that 20% are at home).

Gloves are more expensive, but they also need two ... about 8 rubles for a pair of gloves. Although walking all day in one pair of gloves is very difficult, they quickly break.

And now attention: 115 million masks will fly into the trash daily only in Russia, and 115 million pairs of latexgloves. I don’t know how much one mask or glove weighs, but I assure you 115 million pieces a day, this is not Kamaz, this is hundreds of Kamaz garbage. And so every day, day after day: into trash, into trash, into trash.

Total per person: 8 p. + 5r. = 13 rubles per day, or 400 rubles per month. We multiply 400 rubles a month by 115 million people and get 46 billion rubles a month on masks and gloves.

If the word billion doesn’t seem big, let's repeat the figure: 46 000 000 000 rubles

But again, I'm not so afraid of spending onwhich will have to go to people and states, but I worry that the whole Earth will be bombarded with these gloves and masks. Damage to nature can be done simply colossal and irreparable.

Just think about it, we have counted Russia with you, and there are 7 billion people in the world. All our calculations can be multiplied by 70! And how many years will this go on?

Powder disinfection on an industrial scale

Disinfection of people

P.S. And we didn’t even touch on countries' processing costssurfaces of different compositions, which eventually end up in rivers ... Perhaps some countries will use disinfection with special powders, and these products will get into the air we breathe.