The fight against the coronavirus has given birth to a whole new health threat: discarded masks and gloves.
Authorities all over the world are complaining that residents have been dropping their protective masks and gloves on the ground when swapping them out for new ones. Because victims often don't experience symptoms for up to three days after contracting the coronavirus, leaving their protective gear on the ground could spread a virus they don't even know they have, health officials say.
"Don’t throw these things on the ground," says New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. "It’s actually dangerous. It actually could put other people in harm’s way. Look, we don’t like littering to begin with, but we especially don’t like littering when there might be a deadly virus on these gloves or masks."