Managing hazardous waste during the COVID-19 pandemic
Mar 10, 2022
As the coronavirus pandemic reaches further across our planet, clinics and hospitals may need to consider on-site disposal for their infectious medical waste
As with all viruses, the suggested approach to Coronavirus infected waste disposal is on-site destruction.
This eliminates any chance of contamination, and incineration is seen as one of the easiest and most efficient ways to do so.
Exactly how Covid started is still in question and under investigation. It is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019.
Many reports point to two theories, one that is originated at the Huanan Seafood Market, or the second theory that it escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Since then, the virus (which causes the disease COVID-19) has spread to almost every country, with new cases emerging every day. In the last 2 years since these first cases many other variants have become prevailent and this is expected to continue for the foreseable future.
As seen in recent years the spread through human contact has grown from an 'outbreak' to an 'epidemic' and then hit 'pandemic' proportions. In the early days of the virus, used medical equipment such as PPE, bandages, bedding and sharps were just left on the streets allowing the virus to remain in the local area and continue spreading.
Our range of medical incinerators have been designed to operate at high temperatures to ensure complete eradication of harmful bacteria and hazardous material.
Since then the world has dealt with this type of waste much more effectively but we are now creating more than ever and are again at breaking point due to the sheer volume that is being asked to be destroyed. We have been expertise within this industry for over 18 years and have built a reputation to uphold our expert knowledge.
* This is by no means an exhaustive list, but covers the more commonly know outbreaks that can be contained with incineration and good bio-security. We are now approaching the full-extent of this COVID-19 pandemic and solutions for the safe destruction of contaminated waste will be in high demand. Our production of key medical machines has already increase to full capacity in preparation.
We also have more information on our page - Ebola incinerators.
During the start of 2020 we assisted various NGO's and governments in the international fight against COVID-19 and manufactured a record number of units to help combat a wide range of medical waste.
The World Economic Forum state: “Infectious diseases, which are among the leading causes of death worldwide, do not confine themselves to national borders. Their capacity to spread rapidly across geographies – jeopardizing social and economic security as well as challenging human health and well-being – is amplified by ever-growing globalization, increased trade and travel, the rise in urbanization, and changes in the environment, behaviour and society. ”
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