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Study: Face Mask Littering Increased By 9000% In First Months Of Pandemic; May Have HELPED SPREAD The Virus

In the UK, used PPE accounted for 6.5% of ALL litter

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A study out of the University of Portsmouth in the UK has found that instances of littering with face masks and other PPE surged by 9000 percent during the first seven months of the coronavirus pandemic, and may have even helped the virus to spread more rapidly.

BBC News reports that the study, published in the journal Nature Sustainability, concluded around two million masks were collected as litter from 11 countries. This was just a snapshot of the situation in the wider world.

The study found that Covid-related litter began its “exponential increase” in March 2020, as the global pandemic was announced, and in conjunction with governments worldwide introducing restrictions including mandatory face mask-wearing.

“Overall the study shows the impact that legislating the use of items such as masks can have on their occurrence as litter,” Dr. Keiron Roberts, lead researcher with the University of Portsmouth, said, adding “We found that littered masks had an exponential increase from March 2020, resulting in an 84-fold increase by October 2020.”

“We need to avoid this pandemic litter becoming a lasting legacy,” Roberts added.

The study was conducted in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the US using the litter collecting app Litterati.

The research further noted that the UK has the “highest overall proportion of masks, gloves and wipes as litter.”

In three three months of August, September and October 2020, masks made up more than 5% of all litter in the country, with wipes and gloves accounting for a further 1.5%, according to the study.

The findings confirm anecdotal accounts of the masks littering the streets in cities and the countryside.

The researchers have urged that if government are to continue mask mandates, they “must be accompanied with education campaigns to limit their release into the environment,” because the masks can act as a ‘vector’ to spread coronavirus.

Professor Steve Fletcher, from the University of Portsmouth noted that “Without better disposal practices, an environmental disaster is looming.”

“The majority of masks are manufactured from long-lasting plastic materials, and if discarded can persist in the environment for hundreds of years. This means they can have a number of impacts on the environment and people,” Fletcher urged.

A previous report by environmental group OceansAsia found that 1.5 billion face masks are expected to be dumped into the sea in just one year.

According to the group, the masks will contribute an estimated 7,000 tons of plastic to the oceans which are thought to already contain 5.25 trillion macro and micro pieces of plastic, and 46,000 larger pieces in every square mile of water.

The masks will also eventually become micro plastics and have the potential to enter the food chain.

Divers in the Philippines have discovered single use face masks and other PPE covering precious coral reefs and being consumed by marine life as the impact of lockdown takes its toll on the environment.

Environmental scientists have warned that such plastic pollution is shrinking penises and making men infertile, meaning most of them won’t be able to produce sperm by 2045.

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    CDC Now Investigating 180 Cases of Children With Hepatitis of “Unknown Cause”

    But other experts say it was caused by lockdown weakening immune systems.

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    The CDC is now investigating 180 cases of children with hepatitis of an “unknown cause,” although health experts in the UK say the cause is likely kids having weakened immune systems due to lockdown.

    Five deaths have occurred in the U.S. as a result of the infections, which have swept the globe, impacting numerous countries.

    “Adenovirus infection is being investigated as being the possible cause, with nearly half the kids testing positive for the pathogen,” reports CNBC. “Adenovirus is a common virus that normally causes cold or flu-like symptoms. It is not a known cause of hepatitis in otherwise healthy children.”

    As we highlighted last month, health experts in the UK warned that the outbreak was likely caused by multiple COVID-19 lockdowns preventing kids from socializing with others and therefore developing strong immune systems.

    Adenoviruses cause the common cold, but this can develop into hepatitis if a weakened immune system is unable to fight it off.

    “I think it is likely that children mixing in kindergartens and schools have lower immunity to seasonal adenoviruses than in previous years because of restrictions,” said Professor Simon Taylor-Robinson.

    “This means they could be more at risk of developing hepatitis because their immune response is weaker to the virus,” he added.

    Nowhere in the mainstream reporting of this new surge in cases is it mentioned that multiple lockdowns could have caused the outbreak

    Instead, the CDC is still “conducting lab tests to see if the Covid virus might also be a possible cause,” despite the fact that the children impacted in the initial cluster of cases in Alabama did not have COVID-19.

    The legacy media is loathe to admit that the same lockdowns they vehemently supported will have drastic consequences for years to come.

    As we previously highlighted, a new study published in the Royal Society Open Science journal found that lockdowns in the UK caused around 60,000 children to suffer clinical depression.

    A major study by Johns Hopkins University concluded that global lockdowns have had a much more detrimental impact on society than they have produced any benefit, with researchers urging that they “are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”

    Many infants are also suffering from cognitive developmental and speech disorders due to adults wearing face coverings during the pandemic.

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    They Just Won’t Stop

    Cognitive development disorders in children caused by lockdowns and masks explode.

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    More evidence is emerging of the tremendous damage lockdowns and mask mandates have had on the cognitive development of infants.

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    Pew Survey Finds COVID Has Virtually Disappeared as a Major Concern For Americans

    It’s over, but some restrictions remain.

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    Illustrating how the issue has largely disappeared, a new poll of Americans finds COVID to be the least of their concerns out of a list of 12 different subjects.

    The survey was conducted by Pew Research between April 25-May 1.

    Just 19 per cent of respondents said COVID was still a “very big problem,” while 31 per cent said it was a “small problem” and a further 12 per cent said it was “not a problem at all.”

    In comparison, 70 per cent of Americans said inflation was a “very big problem,” with a further 23 per cent describing it as a “moderately big problem.”

    Ten other issues, including violent crime, illegal immigration and the condition of infrastructure, all rank above COVID-19 in terms of being more of a concern.

    As one commentator observed, the war in Ukraine appears nowhere on the list, although Pew chose not to include it as an option.

    “Democrats are nearly four times as likely as Republicans to rate climate change as a very big problem (63% vs. 16%),” reports Pew. “Republicans, by contrast, are far more likely than Democrats to view illegal immigration as a very big problem (65% vs. 19%).”

    Despite the pandemic virtually being over, numerous states are still enforcing indoor mask mandates and other COVID restrictions that refuse to die.

    As we highlighted yesterday, Broadway star Patti LuPone launched an angry rant at an audience member for not wearing a mask properly during a Q&A session despite the fact that she wasn’t wearing one inside the theater.

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