Environmental effects of covid-19

Over the past few months, we have all seen and felt the huge variance the virus has caused and completely changed our activities of daily life.

There has been a demotion in the economic progress in many, if not all of the communities and countries all around the world.The countries most affected and finding it difficult to regain their balance are the third world countries in Africa and Asia. But I would concentrate on my country, Nigeria:

  • After the lockdown, there was and is a persistent spike in the price of petrol and kerosene which is key to the daily activity of every man.This resulted in the use of firewood (mostly by those in the rural) areas for cooking which encourages deforestion and the depletion of the ozone layer by the emanation of harmful green house gases like CO. This has adverse effect on those living in the northern parts of Nigeria which is hotter and drier than the rest of the country, this has reduceed the production of crops and the death of animals since there is hardly even enough water for effective growth and reproduction of the animals in that area.
  • Since the begining of this year, rain hasn't been seen in Jos of Plateau state which by last year had already been been seen as this area was considered to be one of the coldest areas in Nigeria. But this is no longer so as the climate has already begun to change for the worse. Farmers who planted their crops in hope of the early arrival of the rain have ben devastated as their crops are already dried up and they have no other means of income. This also worsened the hunger which Nigerians were close to overcoming after the pandemic, as a result of this, many children have been abandoned by their parents as they are incapacitated and not able to cater for their basic necessities.

Kidnapping and armed robbery is also a very active problem in Nigeria. Most companies laid of up to 40% of their staff during the lockdown as most companies were shutdown in the prevention of the spread of the virus. This led to a very high rate of unemployment in the country and those who couldn't cope engaged in criminal activities such as breaking down of storehouses to steal food and robbing of banks to satisfy their stomach and those of their loved ones.

  • Household wastes were increasingly and poorly disposed on the streets which caused a lot of damage to aquatic organisms. Facemasks and hospital equipment were also dumped in open places which also caused a great deal in the spread of the virus.

I am crafty_construction, there are a lot of issues I would love to discuss but these are the main issues. Thank you.

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  • global-conversation.png trustworthy_independence | Ras Beirut Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    22 Apr 2021

    The global outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is affecting every part of human lives, including the physical world. The measures taken to control the spread of the virus and the slowdown of economic activities have significant effects on the environment. Therefore, this study intends to explore the positive and negative environmental impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, by reviewing the available scientific literatures. This study indicates that, the pandemic situation significantly improves air quality in different cities across the world, reduces GHGs emission, lessens water pollution and noise, and reduces the pressure on the tourist destinations, which may assist with the restoration of the ecological system. In addition, there are also some negative consequences of COVID-19, such as increase of medical waste, haphazard use and disposal of disinfectants, mask, and gloves; and burden of untreated wastes continuously endangering the environment. It seems that, economic activities will return soon after the pandemic, and the situation might change. Hence, this study also outlines possible ways to achieve long-term environmental benefits. It is expected that the proper implementation of the proposed strategies might be helpful for the global environmental sustainability.

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    1. Screenshot_20200324_165750.jpg Molly @ the BNC
      trustworthy_independence's comment 22 Apr 2021

      Thank you for your comment trustworthy_independence. Can you tell us some of the sources you got your information from?

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