Face Masks

Climate & Environment
1.56b single-use face masks estimated to have entered oceans in 2020
1.56b single-use face masks estimated to have entered oceans in 2020
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A study conducted by OceansAsia estimates that 1.56 billion of around 52 billion manufactured face masks in 2020 will have entered oceans this year, resulting in an additional 4,680 to 6,240 metric tonnes of marine plastic pollution.

“The 1.56 billion face masks that will likely enter our oceans in 2020 are just the tip of the iceberg,” says Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, Director of Research for OceansAsia, and lead author of the report. “The 4,680 to 6,240 metric tonnes of face masks are just a small fraction of the estimated 8 to 12 million metric tonnes of plastic that enter our oceans each year.”

Regional News • Americas • United States
CDC recommends "universal use of face masks" while indoors
CDC recommends "universal use of face masks" while indoors
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday recommended the "universal use of face masks" while in indoor places other than one's home to curb the spread of Covid-19. The agency also urges people to avoid "non-essential indoor spaces" and to postpone travel.

Technology • Smartphones, Hardware & Gadgets
Apple has designed a face mask for its employees

Apple's Engineering and Industrial Design teams have designed a minimalistic face mask called the "Apple Face Mask" which is being distributed to both corporate and retail employees. The mask has three layers and can be worn up to five times.