Posted on June 15, 2022
From tomorrow the masks will be recommended but no longer mandatory in cinemas, theaters and sports halls and in the final exams.
However, the obligation on means of transport remains, with the probable exclusion of flights, and in health facilities, including RSA.
The decree approved today in the CDM will go to the Gazzetta in the next few days.
In the meantime, Minister Speranza will sign a bridging ordinance in the evening identical to the provisions of the CDM to allow for immediate effect.
Over 46 billion masks have been used in Italy from the beginning of the pandemic to today, and as many as 129 billion globally are those consumed every month, or 3 million per minute.
To the approximately 2 billion masks used in Italy by the school population since the outbreak of the Covid emergency in our country, there would be an additional 16 billion for workers and an estimated amount of 28 billion for daily use in various indoor and outdoor situations. outdoor since the beginning of the health emergency, for a total of 46 billion masks.
“On the environmental front, the masks had an impact comparable to that of a tsunami – says Alessandro Miani, president of Sima, the Italian Society of Environmental Medicine which provided the data – WHO has estimated 3.4 billion masks that end up in the trash every day (global figure), together with 140 million test kits, which have the potential to generate 2,600 tons of non-infectious waste (mainly plastic) and 731,000 liters of chemical waste “.
A recent study published in Environmental Advances, notes Miani, “revealed how a large part of the masks end up in water (almost 5,500 metric tons of plastic every year with an optimistic downward estimate), also highlighting how a single mask could release up to 173 thousand microfibers. of plastic per day in the oceans, with possible damage from obstruction following ingestion by aquatic animals, and toxicological effects due to the transport of chemical and biological contaminants. The presence of sub-micrometric fractions, potentially capable of crossing biological barriers, is also worrying ”.
“As a scientific society we are in favor of continuing to use masks in indoor environments open to the public, especially in schools”, points out the president of Sima. At the same time, he stresses, “we have a duty to highlight that paying adequate attention to indoor air quality with simple (as well as cheap) Co2 monitoring devices and possible use of air purification systems, controlled mechanical ventilation (Vmc) or titanium dioxide photocatilitic coating, which has a sanitizing action of the air by contact, it is possible to recover a usability in full safety of all indoor spaces or confined environments even without using these personal protective equipment, of which we hope to be able quickly do without everyone “.