Covid-19 face masks: A potential source of microplastic fibers in the environment

Sci Total Environ. 2020 Oct 1;737:140279. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140279. Epub 2020 Jun 16.

Abstract

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Keywords: Covid-19; Face masks: Plastic pollution; Microfibers; Microplastics; Single-use plastics.

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections*
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Humans
  • Masks*
  • Microplastics*
  • Pandemics*
  • Plastics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis*

Substances

  • Microplastics
  • Plastics
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical