Where Does Coronavirus Medical Trash Go?

A medic with the Massachusetts National Guard takes a nasal swab that will be used to test for COVID-19 with a resident of a nursing home in Littleton, Mass.

The Charleston, SC Post and Courier newspaper interviewed Dr. Peter Orris, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences and chief of environmental and occupational medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital at Chicago, on how hospitals are handling disposal of medical materials used to treat COVID-19 patients.

Within hospitals and the waste stream, this is not a qualitative change, but it is an increased amount of attention, and that probably will bring some increase in the red-bag waste that you previously would not have been putting in there.

Dr. Peter Orris  |  Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

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