Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Keywords : Biowaste

Management of waste during COVID-19 Pandemic – A Global Challenge

Dr. Durga Prasad Mudrakola; Dr. Neeraja Turagam; Dr. Priyadarshini Karthikeyan; Dr. Praveen Bhoopathi Haricharan; Dr.Bhavana Gandhi; Dr. Deepika Veldurthi

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3, Pages 4635-4641

COVID-19 has affected numerous countries , rapidly spreading within a short duration forcing W.H.O to declare that it is now a global pandemic throwing which is throwing new challenge for prevention , treatment including the bio-waste management . At first, while the pandemic was progressing, and lockdowns imposed in many countries, public authorities and municipal waste operators had to rapidly acclimatize their waste management systems and procedures to the demand once they noticed the mode of spread. Management of bio-waste is one of the most crucial elements in preventing the spreading of illnesses and diseases. Present scientific research has been in consistent to relate that waste management and its role has a vector for the transmission of the SARS-CoV2 virus as this virus is new to the man kind but certain studies stress on the importance of proper biowaste management to contain the spread . The measures taken by the waste management workers on a daily basis are insufficient as the number of new cases requiring isolation and quarantine are on the rise and the rapid spreading nature that is air borne and some studies prove to be surface induced with increased the usage of PPE to prevent Covid-19 has thrown a more significant task to enable proper disposal of the current waste along with the waste being disposed of from households, industries, hospitals, and factories. The regulatory authorities should ensure proper waste management services and proper mechanism must be ensure in placed for the provision of basic services at every level for the well-being of the population and the best possible containment of the virus at the earliest .