The Terrible Environmental Cost of COVID-19

Dr. Munr Kazmir
4 min readMar 10, 2021

Disposable masks are ending up in our waterways at an alarming rate. Comprised of micro-plastics, they will take 450 years to decompose.

Photo by Elizabeth McDaniel on Unsplash.

Back in May of last year, some predicted that COVID-19 would be a disaster for the environmental movement. The signs were hard to miss. Littering was suddenly back, with disposable masks and gloves adorning parking lots and roadsides everywhere…