How has Coronavirus affected our environment?

The coronavirus has caused numerous impacts on almost everyone in the world. This virus, despite its relatively short lifespan, has forced all concerned people to stay far from any potential carrier. The virus has caused many deaths worldwide and due to the necessary precautions has affected the economy and has increased unemployment significantly whereas it has also affected our environment.

The emissions of carbon dioxide certainly has decrease as a result of the lockdown rules set by most countries. Some of the largest emitters of carbon dioxide are the trucks, automobiles and airplanes. While many trucks are still needed, automobile and air traffic has decreased considerably. For example, reports show that air pollution from nitrogen oxide, another transportation polluter, has decreased significantly in China. Since about 60 to 70 percent of water use is by the agricultural industry, it is expected that the consumption of water will decrease if the consumption of our natural resources will decrease. As many industries have reduced activities, the water consumption of the industry sector, which is about 20 to 30 percent of the total, also should decrease. The smallest portion of water consumption is by human activity. It is likely that this also will decrease, as homebound people tend to be more efficient with water when it is consumed at home.

Showers at home are usually shorter than those at hotels or health clubs. Overall, we should see a decrease in water consumption worldwide. With the increase in the death rate due to the coronavirus, the population growth should slow down. Also, with so many countries having lockdowns of a few months, unwanted pregnancies also should decrease. Even after the lockdowns are lifted, people will be more careful with their networking activities. The generation of organic and inorganic waste is indirectly accompanied by a wide range of environmental issues, such as soil erosion, deforestation, air, and water pollution The quarantine policies, established in most countries, have led consumers to increase their demand for online shopping for home delivery.

Consequently, organic waste generated by households has increased. Also, food purchased online is shipped packed, so inorganic waste has also increased. Medical waste is also on the rise. Hospitals all over the world has increased medical waste per day which is very hazardous for our environment. Due the lack of tourists, as a result of the social distancing measures due to the new coronavirus pandemic, has caused a notable change in the appearance of many beaches in the world.Hence this global pandemic has affect the environment in both positive and negative aspects and hopefully the world will come out of this global crisis as soon as possible.

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