Scientists find dangerous chemical pollutants in disposable face masks

6th May, 2021

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The rise in single-use masks, and the associated waste, due to the Covid-19 pandemic has been documented as a new cause of pollution.(AFP)

The research reveals high levels of pollutants, including lead, antimony, and copper, within the silicon-based and plastic fibres of common disposable face masks. Scientists at Swansea University have uncovered potentially dangerous chemical pollutants that are released from disposable face masks when submerged in water.

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