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From macaques to crabs, wildlife faces threat from face masks

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By Sam Reeves

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Pretty disgusting to me. We hear about the "mutating" virus, and chances are that these animals who are eating these disposed of masks, could ingest the virus as well and cause it to mutate even more.

Lord knows what is next!

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Can't understand why people throw anything away. Plastic bottles and bendo boxes thrown from cars even by rivers which end up in the ocean. Throwing away masks should be a big no no.

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This is exactly why I've been making and using washable cloths masks (with a pocket for filters, if necessary) from the beginning, and also promoting them to others. It's not just the sheer number of waste and pollution they disposable ones are causing, it's the suffering for the wildlife as well, as depicted in the article.

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So a serious question would be if a mask has virus how long will it survive in the wild?

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i said from the beginning that disposable masks ordered to be worn by everyone or blindly worn by everyone as if they were robots, without even considering things like the plight of nature, is a sickening state of affairs. It makes you embarrassed to be human,

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@zichi

So a serious question would be if a mask has virus how long will it survive in the wild?

I'm pretty sure that masks are not alive and cannot get sick.

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@ zichi

About 4 days.

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Human beings are disgusting.

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Animals aren’t facing risks from masks, they are facing risks from inconsiderate people that litter. Foul.

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Yes, some do throw masks away hither and thither, but many escape from trash bins/lorries too.

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Pretty disgusting to me. We hear about the "mutating" virus, and chances are that these animals who are eating these disposed of masks, could ingest the virus as well and cause it to mutate even more.

It is much more likely that one of the viruses that already affect those animals adapt to humans and becomes a problem than a human virus becoming more dangerous by adapting to animals. That is what happened with SARS-C0V-2.

So a serious question would be if a mask has virus how long will it survive in the wild?

In well controlled laboratory conditions a few days, in real life conditions (sun light, desiccation, etc.) a few hours.

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Follow Singapore, impose fhes.

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The problem is that no one told ignorant people not to toss them into the street.

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PPE. The next waste problem.

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