Positive effects of coronavirus in the world
The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the world. However, with bluer skies, fewer car crashes, and falling crude oil prices, it has also had some positive effects. At the same time when the pandemic is continuing its deadly path, air pollution has drastically dropped. Empty streets and silent cities have also led to a dramatic drop in noise pollution. The lockdown, because of coronavirus, has had an immediate impact on our work and home environment. Let’s have a look at the positive side of coronavirus.
Doctors and researchers have noticed some of the most abrupt and unexpected changes in human behavior. For instance, medical problems and other infectious diseases are reducing from the hospitals and crime rates are falling continuously. Since everybody went into self-quarantine, there has been a decline in road accidents and other life-threatening illnesses. Moreover, 8 in 10 flights are being canceled globally, which used to be the key driver of the climate crisis. Now people are holding valuable lessons for public health and there has been a significant reduction in the carbon emissions in the air.
According to results from the NASA satellites, in most major cities of the world, air pollution has dropped by 20-30%. In New York City, the level of air pollution has dropped by 50% as it is the epicenter of coronavirus. The use of coal has fallen by 40% in China and the air quality there is up by 11.4%. Based on these facts, an environmental economist at Stanford University, Marshall Burke, suggested that with this much-improved air quality, lives of 73,000 adults and 4,000 children will be saved in China alone since it has been among the highest contributors of air pollution. There is no doubt that coronavirus has improved environmental health in a terrible way. It has also transformed the functioning of organizations as most of them have chosen a work from home policy for their employees.
The Natural Resources Defense Council noted that many people from India and Pakistan were able to see the Himalayas for the first time in their life because of reduced air pollution. People in the Indian states of Punjab, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh reacted excitedly at the sight of beautiful Himalayan mountain ranges. They claimed that it was visible for the first time in 30 years and nature was healing due to the coronavirus shutdown.
Not only a good proportion of air quality, but the waters are clearer and the wildlife is returning back to its place. Coyotes and bears are wandering freely in the safari in South Africa since there are no visitors now. The cutting of trees and the burning of fossil fuels has reduced which has given us an opportunity for the use of just renewable energy for survival.
Mass nesting of #OliveRidleyTurtles at Gahirmatha in Nasi 1 & Nasi 2 islands from 14-21st March with nesting of 4,07,204 eggs & at Rusikalya beach from 21st-28th March with 3,23,062 eggs. A testimonial of the conservation efforts & resilience of nature amidst chaos of #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/Ra5Wh1tj8V— Sandeep Tripathi, IFS (@sandeepifs) April 5, 2020
With so many positive effects of coronavirus pandemic, conservationists have been constantly warning that when we return to the pre-pandemic situation, we will no longer be able to enjoy the impact of the shutdown on the environment. The head of Natural Resources Defense Council, McCarthy says, “The pandemic has shown people will change their behavior if it’s for the health of their families. This has been the lost message on climate, that it’s a human problem, not a planetary problem. We have to show you can have a stable environment and your job, too.” Unfortunately, it is the most terrible way of experiencing environmental health improvement. The extensive travel restrictions, public places closing, working remotely and practicing social distancing have led to the most unexpected results on both the environment and human life.