Masked Oxymorons

Plastic bags, plastic straws? Now look at this folks, on top of our poor Earth already being turned into a plastic planet and sea of plastic, we have a global ecological disaster on our hands with masks and gloves. The destructive insanity of it all, if this was a genuine deadly virus, would this really be allowed? No, it wouldn’t because it would be classed as a serious biohazard and we would be made to dispose of it in a more secure way and where are the environmental risk assessments and considerations in all of this? Whenever you visit hospital, you see needles and gloves placed in a yellow or orange bin labelled ”Biohazardous Waste”. This oxymoron is another example of the trillions of holes in the daily manufactured destructive lies and contradictions which we are being forced to live with because of these pandemic regulations.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) has driven increased plastic pollution. In response to high PPE demand among the general public, health care workers, and service workers, single-use face mask production in China soared to 116 million per day in February, about 12 times the usual quantity (2). The World Health Organization has requested a 40% escalation of disposable PPE production (3). If the global population adheres to a standard of one disposable face mask per day after lockdowns end, the pandemic could result in a monthly global consumption and waste of 129 billion face masks and 65 billion gloves”-Tanveer M. Adyel

In the UK over 53 million masks are being sent to landfill each day. Disposable masks are not biodegradable, they are not made of paper, they are not recyclable and whether they are binned or littered they will still damage the environment. If you really have to use a mask, please use a cotton reusable mask to help take care of the planet.

According to estimates by Greenpeace Taiwan, 5,500 metric tonnes of face masks were produced within 3 months in 2020, from early February to mid May, Taiwan produced and used roughly 1.3 billion surgical masks. Assuming each face mask weighs 4 grams, that’s 5,500 metric tonnes of general waste generated within a span of three months. To put that figure into perspective, each garbage truck is capable of transporting 5 tonnes of trash at a time, so Taiwan produced enough face masks over a three-month period to fill 1,100 garbage trucks.

Where is the logic in people’s thinking when they throw a disposable facemask onto the ground outside, in the countryside or on the street? They are basically not thinking. When they wear a disposable mask, throwing a used mask on the ground makes the very act of wearing a mask an oxymoron, not only by disrespecting the environment but they have no consideration for other people, especially the people who have to collect these masks from the ground, or who are processing them at waste disposal sites, these people are at higher risk with secondary transmission of Covid-19. The deeply flawed contradictions are outrageous, as these are the public health risks and biohazards created from ”infected” used masks, which if one thinks about it, would be causing even more of a problem if the mainstream media and government health policies were based on any real science. Moreover, the open burning or uncontrolled incineration of masks leads to the release of toxins such as cancerous dioxins and polypropylene into the environment, and to secondary transmission of diseases to humans which is being overlooked.

The CDC and many doctors around the world have spoken out saying that masks are useless, a peer-reviewed study done by Stanford University that demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that face masks have absolutely zero chance of preventing the spread of Covid-19, Baruch Vainshelboim, the author of the study Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis, cited 67 scholars, doctors, scientists, and other studies to support his conclusions. The National Center for Biotechnological Information government website referenced the published study. The NCBI is a branch of the National Institute for Health. In theory, the said virus is so small it could pass through any mask, like a fly passing through a football goal net. According to the current knowledge, the virus SARS-CoV-2 has a diameter of 60 nm to 140 nm [nanometers (billionth of a meter)], while medical and non-medical facemasks’ thread diameter ranges from 55 µm to 440 µm [micrometers, (one millionth of a meter), which is more than 1000 times larger. Due to the difference in sizes between SARS-CoV-2 diameter and facemasks thread diameter (the virus is 1000 times smaller), SARS-CoV-2 can easily pass through any facemask.

Such viruses could pass just as easily through your eyes and tear ducts, . Wearing a mask for a long time also means breathing in one’s own bacteria and germs, so you get sick more easily, increased carbon dioxide and reduced oxygen intake for prolonged periods is damaging to one’s health, especially in the developing brains of infants and children, children have developed coughs breathing in fibres and graphene in the masks. Canada has began mask manufacturer recalls, due to health concerns of people breathing in the graphene nanoparticle fibres which is toxic to the lungs. Moreover, adverse physiological, psychological and health effects are suffered by many, especially children. Meanwhile, politicians continue to listen to their designated health advisors to keep these regulations in place.


The consumption of plastic bottles for liquid disinfectant gel, plastic gloves and disposable wipes have all increased in usage by millions of people due to the pandemic regulations, much of this also ends up in the ocean and countryside killing wildlife. Then there’s the Covid-19 test kits. None of these items are recyclable and they should be disposed of in ways that are not a biohazard to the environment or people.


The UN trade body, UNCTAD, estimates that global sales will total some $166 billion in 2020, up from around $800 million in 2019. If historical data is a reliable indicator, it can be expected that around 75 per cent of the used masks, as well as other pandemic-related waste, will end up in landfills, or floating in the seas. Aside from the environmental damage, the financial cost, in areas such as tourism and fisheries, is estimated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) at around $40 billion.

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