Masks, hand gloves increase coronavirus risks
Published: 10:06 PM, 1 April 2020
Graphics: Daily Bangladesh
The commuters who are using masks and hand gloves for protection against coronavirus are throwing these on the sidewalk which can increase the serious health risks, according to experts.
While visiting Azimpur, Nilkhet, New Market, City College, Jhigatola, Dhanmondi in the capital on Wednesday, hundreds of used masks and hand gloves were seen scattering in various places or beside the road and the sidewalk which increases the risk of infection among the pedestrians or commuters.
The government has already given various instructions to keep the people safe from coronavirus. As per the directive, the townspeople have been asked to stay in their respective homes. They were told not to leave the house without unless any emergency. At the same time, it is suggested to use masks and hand gloves and maintain social distance.
In the early stages of coronavirus infection in the country – some unscrupulous traders increased the price of many things, including masks and sanitizers – it is now under control due to the administration’s monitoring.
Almost every citizen is currently using the safety items as the prices reduced and come within reach. On the other hand, various individuals and social organizations are distributing these masks and hand gloves among the low-income people in the city
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the government has taken all kinds of initiatives to deal with the coronavirus situation. “Relief goods will continue to be distributed among the common people, including the poor, the helpless, the day laborers,” he added.
Where many countries around the world deal with coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 – there the situation in Bangladesh is much better, however, there is no alternative to being safe and alert. That is why many people are using masks and hand gloves. Though the use of these safety materials is being ensured, however, the disposal is not being still ensured.
After using protective materials, including masks and hand gloves, many are throwing these on roads instead of a specific place or basket of dirt. In this, there is a risk of infection.
According to experts, coronavirus can be transmitted to the people from used accessories of the virus patients. the tendency to unconsciously remove masks and hand gloves can spread the infection to the virus, the commuter says.
Rickshaw puller Kalam Mia earned daily wages by driving rikshaw from Azimpur to Dhanmondi. When his mask tore off, he threw this on the street. When asking him, he replied, “It was ripped off, so I left this on street. It will no use of anymore.” But when asked him about the risk, he told that he did not know.
Pedestrian Nazim Hossain told Daily Bangladesh that many of the things that are used to combat coronavirus can be seen lying on different roads. “No one knows who throwing these, someone else can be infected by them. This is too risky for us,” he added.
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