The Quantification of Disposable Masks Pollution Worldwide

6 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2020

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Mario Arturo Ruiz Estrada

Akademia Ekonomiczno-Humanistyczna w Warszawie

Date Written: October 1, 2020


The use of disposable masks became an essential daily protection item against the spread of COVID-19 globally. This research is interested in evaluating the impact of disposable masks on the environment by continent. We try to determine how much pollution can generate disposable masks worldwide. Hence, the increment in disposable masks' uses can cause high pollution of rivers, lakes, seas, and oceans, respectively. Meanwhile, in this research, we can confirm that disposable masks' pollution is irretrievable (fauna and ecological) can generate more damage than COVID-19. Finally, this research supports alternative types of masks with low environmental cost, easy to clean, and safety.

Keywords: COVID-19, Transmission, Mask, Controls, Eradication

JEL Classification: B41

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Ruiz Estrada, Mario Arturo, The Quantification of Disposable Masks Pollution Worldwide (October 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

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