But given their low cost and versatility, plastics are unlikely to be replaced by alternative materials on a large scale in the near term. Recycling plastics more effectively is the key to curbing their environmental impact.
Communities that have elevated PFAS levels due to industrial contamination should get special consideration when a vaccine is distributed.
More needs to be done to protect those at risk of unintentional and intentional swallowing of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, including children, people with dementia/confusion, and those with mental health issues.
Current hunger-related fatalities have reached 4 million this year, 10 times the number of COVID-19 fatalities. Plant pathogens and pests are responsible for up to 40% of maize, potato, rice, soybean, and wheat crop yield losses worldwide. Viruses make up almost half of the plant disease-causing pathogens.
Exposures to cleaners and disinfectants: an internet panel survey identified gaps in knowledge about safe preparation, use, and storage of cleaners and disinfectants.
The result is that most people with dental problems are being offered video or phone consultations in the first instance. These virtual consultations offer dentitsts the opportunity to safely triage problems and offer advice for interim self-management of dental pain and infection without patients leaving the comfort and safety of their own homes.