Chances are, if you go to a grocery store in Southern California, you will see trash strewn in the parking lot. While littering has always been a problem, it has become more dangerous than ever. Californians are throwing used plastic gloves and masks in streets and parking lots and it poses a huge health hazard.\nSocial media feeds are filled with photos of personal protective equipment carelessly thrown about on public sidewalks, streets, parking lots, and other areas.\nBesides the negative environmental impact, there is a greater concern relating to cross-contamination during COVID-19.\nLinda St. Denis, a Safeway employee in Castro Valley, California told Business Insider, "The parking lots are littered with gloves constantly, every day. Who knows how long the virus lasts on these gloves. It's maddening."\nThis was not an isolated incident.\nA grocery employee in Santa Maria also weighed in on the problem, asking residents to stop littering dirty materials.\nKevin Brewer, who works at the store FoodMax, admitted that he and his co-workers have to clean up used gloves left in the carts and store daily.\n"Gloves are everywhere, people are not cleaning up after they go to the store. They are just dropping stuff as they leave left and right,” he said to KEYT KCOY News.\n"The parking lots are littered with gloves constantly, every day," said an employee of a California Safeway store. "Who knows how long the virus lasts on these gloves. It's maddening." pic.twitter.com/pcQQ9CfrwP— Hayley Peterson (@hcpeterson) April 7, 2020\nA Los Angeles woman snapped a photo of a mask and plastic gloves littered on the grass in her neighborhood.\nShe took to Instagram to share the photo on April 7, writing, "So sad when you see the streets littered with gloves and masks. Stop littering the streets with your gloves and masks! Thank you 😷#swissqualitysmile #coronavirus #covid19 #trash"\nView this post on Instagram So sad when you see the streets littered with gloves and masks. Stop littering the streets with your gloves and masks! Thank you 😷 #swissqualitysmile #coronavirus #covid19 #trash A post shared by Ilona Casellini (@swissqualitysmile) on Apr 7, 2020 at 10:27am PDT\nA Los Angeles Reddit user shared similar photos from a downtown grocery store parking lot.\nMultiple pairs of used blue plastic gloves are scattered around the cart return area.\nWhat is the danger in this?\nhttps://www.reddit.com/r/LosAngeles/comments/fq7htr/dont_litterla/ from https://www.reddit.com/r/LosAngeles\nThe CDC states that COVID-19 may remain on surfaces from a couple of hours to even a few days. Cleaning of visible dirty surfaces is the best measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in community areas, they say.