Okay I'll be the dumbass to ask it. If the mask gobbles up all the viruses on the planet that has ever existed by trapping them in the fabric or whatever, then isn't that now contaminated mask an issue? Of course given X amount of time viruses grow old and die and their corpses are harmless, but what about before X? Curious and maybe being a bit of a butthead lol.
Disclaimer: I wore a mask when I had to, don't have to anymore so don't. My experiences and opinions are biased because luckily myself nor anybody I know has had issues with this crap yet. Currently nobody wears a mask at work and we been working every day of this pandemic thing. Some scares and some tests say some had it but no mass spread and those that had tests say they had it recovered in a week or less. With this very limited info I could conclude the tests are garbage and/or it's not remotely as contagious as "they" said. But I will say I will always appreciate erring on the side to safety soooo.
The risks of infection spreading from a discarded mask are so low that it doesn't warrant hazmat status. Used needles, check. Fluid/tissue samples, check. A piece of fabric that might still have a few viable viral particle...not so much. Standard waste management procedures are sufficient to eliminate the risks from used masks. You'd have to fish the mask out of the trash receptacle and put it on to put yourself at risk. Maybe just don't do that...
Wearing a mask and throwing it away is safe. Wearing someone else's discarded mask isn't