TOPSHOT - (COMBO) This combination of pictures created on August 22, 2020 shows (From Top L-R) a discarded face mask is pictured on a kerb in Venice Beach, California on August 22, 2020, 
a man rides his skate next to a discarded face mask on the street in Long Beach, California on August 22, 2020,
a discarded face mask is seeing next to a basketball court in Long Beach, California on August 22, 2020, a man and a boy ride their bikes next to a discarded face mask on the beach in Long Beach, California on August 22, 2020, a discarded face mask is pictured on a kerb in Venice Beach, California on August 22, 2020, a woman and his son walk by a discarded face mask on the beach in Long Beach, California on August 22, 2020, a man walks with his bike next to a discarded face mask on a kerb in Venice Beach, California on August 22, 2020, a couple wearing face masks walk past a discarded face mask while they walk in a walk path on the beach in Long Beach, California on August 22, 2020, a discarded face mask is pictured near an oil pump in Long Beach, California on August 22, 2020. Due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, more people wear masks to prevent the spread, more personal protective equipment, or PPE, has been found as litter around the world. The issue has prompted environmental organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency, to sound the alarm. Some local governments, like Suffolk County in New York, have instituted fines for littering involving masks and gloves, and police departments, like the one in Swampscott, Massachusetts, have warned that improperly discarding PPE is a crime. Conservationists have warned that the coronavirus pandemic could spark a surge in ocean pollution – adding to a glut of plastic waste that already threatens marine life – after finding disposable masks floating like jellyfish and waterlogged latex gloves scattered across seabeds. / AFP / Apu GOMES
This combination of pictures created last month shows discarded face masks in public spaces around the world. More PPE has been found as litter across the globe. AFP

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