NEW YORK, NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently made a mandate that all New Yorkers must wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible. This includes all forms of public transportation, while shopping in stores and even on crowded sidewalks.
But with more people wearing Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE like masks and gloves, there has been an increase of people not properly disposing these items.
Besides being an environmental problem, discarding these items improperly is also a health hazard.
Dr. Jaime Salas-Rushford, Medical Director with FitbodyMD, told PIX11, “Whatever is in that PPE, some other person is gonna come and pick it up and that person can contract the virus or contract other diseases, bacteria or dirt or whatever it is.”
Dr. Salas-Rushford also said that outdoor pets can come in contact with these items. "They can actually trap it in their paw. They can not get infected with the virus, but they can bring it into the house. So one of the things we do is just take a cloth and wipe the paws of the cat or dog."
If you wear PPE, the doctor suggests you carry a trash bag with you so you can safely dispose of the items when you are done using them. And make sure to remove your gloves without touching the outside to prevent touching any areas that may have come in contact with the virus.