As of 3 o'clock on March 30, 2020, Beijing time, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia reached 710,918 worldwide. As of 5 o'clock on March 30, the cumulative number of confirmed cases in the United States reached 136,880, which is the hardest hit area in the world. Rubber gloves play an important role in the prevention and control of the epidemic. The epidemic has led to a sharp increase in the number of waste rubber gloves, and the consequences of improper handling are serious; as the epidemic situation continues to ferment, the disposal of waste rubber gloves should become a problem that all countries must consider.
On Sunday, March 29th, US local time, in a shopping mall in Pittsburgh, southwestern Pennsylvania, many people were wearing personal protective equipment such as masks and rubber gloves; some shoppers said that a large amount of waste was found on the parking lot floor Rubber gloves, or stuck between parking spaces, or rolling on the ground with the wind, hope that people will discard the waste rubber gloves into the trash can. A shopper wearing gloves expressed concern about these discarded waste rubber gloves: the rubber gloves left here will float freely in the air, which is likely to increase the chance of virus transmission.
At present, the number of confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in the world is increasing, and people’s awareness of personal protection is getting heavier. Rubber gloves have become a line of defense to block the spread of the virus. They are not only used by medical staff, but also become home protection tools; therefore, the demand for rubber gloves on the market has surged. , The number of waste rubber gloves has risen sharply, and how to dispose of waste rubber gloves to avoid the spread of viruses and reduce environmental pollution has become a key task.
Used rubber gloves are recyclable garbage and can be recycled. However, given the continuous spread of the new crown pneumonia virus, waste rubber gloves have also become a source of pollution. During the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia in China, discarded anti-skid equipment including rubber gloves, N95 masks, protective clothing, goggles, etc. were treated as medical waste; these medical wastes were weighed and unloaded, and the transfer vehicle was disinfected. After the checkpoint, high-temperature incineration is carried out in the workshop to completely inactivate the virus and realize harmless disposal.
For the disposal of discarded rubber gloves during the epidemic, it is best for countries to take defensive measures and concentrate on processing to avoid protective gear becoming a vector of virus transmission.