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      The environmental dangers of employing single-use face masks as part of a COVID-19 exit strategy

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            Author and article information

            Journal
            UCL Open: Environment Preprint
            UCL Press
            1 May 2020
            Affiliations
            [1 ] UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub, University College London, London, UK
            Article
            10.14324/111.444/000031.v1
            6290e0d8-ff01-4c3e-9397-536b76481c50

            This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

            Funding
            UKRI/EPSRC EP/S024883/1

            All data generated or analysed during this study are included in this published article (and its supplementary information files).

            Environmental management, Policy & Planning

            PPE, Environmental policy and practice, Systems modelling, Sustainability, Incineration, Pre-symptomatic, Surgical mask, N95 respirator, MFA, LCA

            Comments

            Decision Date: 31/7/2020

            Handling Editor: Dan Osborn

            The Handling Editor requested revisions; the article has been returned to the authors to make this revision.

            2020-09-17 13:03 UTC
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            Decision Date: 07/05/2020

            Handling Editor: Dan Osborn

            This article is a preprint article and has not been peer-reviewed. It is under consideration following submission to UCL Open: Environment Preprint for open peer review.

            2020-09-17 13:02 UTC
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            --- Please account for the main points made by each reviewer, updating the text in the light of any developments in the area.

             

            --- In particular, please improve the flow of the paper such that it reads as complete whole and avoids the issues of multi-author writing pointed up by Reviewer 2.

             

            --- The reviewer's expectations of the paper were interesting and he points up the multi-disciplinary nature of the paper. The paper strengths lie in this area nevertheless it may be possible to strengthen the environment aspects a little further.

             

            -- Please ensure the main finding that Reviewer 2 identifies is reflected in the Abstract and body of the paper.

            on behalf of Dan Osborn, Editor-in-Chief

            2020-07-31 15:03 UTC
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