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Review Article

The Challenges of Biomedical Waste Management During the Ongoing Coronavirus Disease-19 (COVID-19) Pandemic: The Current Scenario

Author(s): Sabitha Vadakedath, Venkataramana Kandi*, Tarun Kumar Suvvari, Lakshmi Venkata Simhachalam Kutikuppala, Vikram Godishala and Praveen R. Shahapur

Volume 14, Issue 2, 2022

Published on: 03 September, 2021

Page: [156 - 165] Pages: 10

DOI: 10.2174/1876402913666210903164056

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Abstract

The novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that has emerged and spread throughout the world causing CoV disease-19 (COVID-19) has since its discovery affected not only humans and animals but also the environment. Because of the highly infectious nature of the virus, and the respiratory aerosol transmission route, face masks and personal protective equipment have become mandatory for public and healthcare workers, respectively. Also, the complex nature of the pathogenicity of the virus, wherein, it has been associated with mild, moderate, and severe life-threatening infections, has warranted increased laboratory testing and placing the infected people in isolation and under constant observation in quarantine centers or at dedicated hospitals. Some infected people, who are generally healthy, and do not show symptoms have been placed in home quarantines. At this juncture, there has been increased amount of Biomedical Waste (BMW), and infectious general waste along with plastic disposable recyclable and non-recyclable waste. The increased BMW along with the potentially hazardous plastic waste collection, segregation, transport, and disposal has assumed increased significance during the ongoing pandemic. Therefore, this review attempts to investigate the current scenario of BMW management and strategies to minimize BMW and prevent potential environmental pollution.

Keywords: Novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, environment, biomedical waste (BMW), hazardous, pollution.

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