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Managing Infectious Medical Waste during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Publication | April 2020
Managing Infectious Medical Waste during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This brief provides governments with essential information to support their efforts to manage an increase in infectious medical waste due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It outlines the key considerations for governments to understand their country’s capacity to manage an anticipated surge in infectious medical waste. It also makes practical recommendations to improve the disposal of household and hospital waste—as well as municipal solid waste—with the aim of reducing the further spread of COVID-19 and other diseases. Links to important technical resources and guidance materials are also provided.