Everywhere everyone is discussing the COVID-19 pandemic and the catastrophic effects of it. People are in great distress and depression. Many have lost family, friends, and close ones to them in it.
Positive influence of COVID-19
Everything has its pros and cons, and we just need to find them. There might be a thousand adverse effects of the pandemic, but there are still some positive impacts of it. In view of the optimistic approach; nonetheless, this also demonstrates the pessimistic mindset of the majority of people in the world.
Many researches that were conducted displays the positive influence of this disease and lockdown in the world.
Greenhouse gases emission
A positive effect on the environment was estimated in the initial studies. The experts of climate predicted that greenhouse gases emissions could drop to the amount that was seen last before World War II.This result is primarily because of the social distancing policies that the governments have adopted since the arrival of this pandemic. One of the leading examples is China’s province of Hubei, where the implementation of robust social distancing methods was done.
Furthermore, the major economic activities of the country were affected by it. The outcome of it was that the production of industrial facilities and power plants was ceased. The usage of motor vehicles and automobiles was reduced. Due to all these activities, there was a significant decline in the concentrations of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Particulate Matter that have a diameter of fewer than 2.5 μm (PM 2.5) in the main Chinese cities.
In the other regions of the world, like in Europe, there was a drastic reduction in air pollution since the citizens are ordered by the governments to reside at their places to stop the spreading of this deadly disease. Many factories and industries have decreased their production here also. The beaches around the world got a chance to be cleaned as people are in their homes; moreover, there is a decline in waste on the beaches.
Nature is healing
- In Venice, there is a greater water flow as there is no boat traffic, which caused pollution; nonetheless, the canals have cleared.
- The biomass of fish is increasing in European waters due to the sharp reduction in fishing.
- The animals and trees are thriving, and the animals are spotted on the roads.
- At the coast Bay of Bengal, the turtles are laying their eggs, which they avoided.
- A “record-level” ozone hole above the arctic, which was the biggest since the year 2011, has healed during this pandemic.
Though everything happens for a reason, and one might always see the positivity of it.
Zambrano-Monserrate, M. A., Ruano, M. A., & Sanchez-Alcalde, L. (2020). Indirect effects of COVID-19 on the environment. Science of the Total Environment, 728. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138813