ISSN: 0973-7510

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Review Article | Open Access
Megha Bansal and Jai Gopal Sharma
Department of Biotechnology, Delhi Technological University, Bawana Road, Delhi – 110 042, India.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2021;15(3):1083-1093 | Article Number: 7040 | © The Author(s). 2021
Received: 15/05/2021 | Accepted: 13/07/2021 | Published: 04/08/2021

COVID-19 pandemic has created a prolonged impact globally and destructed the life all over the world. The necessary use of personal protective equipments, masks, gloves and other plastic products has to some extent reduced transmission of virus. However, the impact of plastic waste generated worldwide due to the pandemic has affected the environment globally. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has destructed and altered every part of life and environment globally. Potential impacts on the environment are seen due to the transmission of virus as well as a slowdown in economic activities as lockdown prevails. Increased biomedical waste, improper usage and disposal of surgical masks, disinfectants, gloves, and increasing plastics wastes from domestic households continuously endangers environment. Not only it has an impact on environment, but also deteriorates human health in the future. Global environmental sustainability is necessitated to overcome the plastic pollution problem and facilitate strategies to recycle and reuse plastics products. This review highlights the influence of COVID-19 on wastes generated by plastic products along with environmental challenges and repercussions. Also, measures to combat the plastic pollution problem have to be implemented for future protection and safety of the environment.


COVID-19, Deteriorates, Environmental sustainability, Plastic Pollution, Strategies

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