Environmental impact of the covid_19 pandemic

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The corona virus is an acute respiratory infection that was first realised in Wuhan,china. This later became a pandemic due to its high rate of spread world wide.This has greatly caused a huge socio-economic disruption which directly or indirectly affected the environment both negatively and positively

positive impacts

  • Improvememt in the water quality,during this period of the pandemic,countries resorted to lockdown to reduce on the level of spread,this also made the operation of major industries to shrink which helped to reduce the load of pollution e.g the holiest river Ganga in India has been one of thhe world's polluted rivers but during the lockdown, there has been a 40-50 % improvement in the water quality as per the real time water analysis of central pollution board of india.
  • Reduction of noise pollution;noise pollution is the elevated high levels of sound,generated from differrent human activities e.g machines, vehicles, construction work etc which may lead to adverse effects in humans and other living organisms.However the lockdown and quarantine mandatory meassures that people stay at home and reduced economic activities and communication worldwide;which ultimately reduced the noise levels in most towns and cities of the world.
  • Reduction of air pollution and green house gas emmissions;as industries companies and transportation were put down during the lockdown,this greatly led to less emission of pollutants and less use fuels

negative impacts

  • increase in biochemical waste generation.since the outbreak of covid there has been a great increase in the nedical wastes which is a threat to the human health and the environment; for saple collections of the suspected patients, diagnosis, treatment of huge number of covid patients and disinfection purposes, therefore alot of infectious biochemical wastes are generated from hospitals.
  • increase in safety equipment use and harphazard disposal.to protect from the viral infection,presently people are using face masks, hand gloves, face shields which increase heathcare plastic wastes since some people do dispose them in open places and with household wastes which may cause blockage in water ways and worsen environmental pollution
  • ecological imbalance; to reduce its rate of spread, there has been extensive disinfections applied on roads and residential areas which may kill non-targeted beneficial organisms, which may cause economic imbalance

The covid-19 pandemic has really been majorly of great positive value to the environment aside the negativity

Comments (3)

  • avatar.jpg EXPERT: Caitlin Prasad @ Clifford Chance
    21 Apr 2021

    Hi venturous_buffalo, thank you for your post- I can see that you have done a lot of research into this topic! In your conclusion, you state that the pandemic has really been of great positive value to the environment, despite the negative effects. Why do you think the three positive impacts which you have listed outweigh the three negative impacts? In other words, how have you arrived at your conclusion?

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    1. global convo icon.png venturous_buffalo | Kyambogo College School | Uganda
      Caitlin Prasad @ Clifford Chance's comment 07 May 2021

      the three positive impacts outweighed the negatives according to my point of view because there was really freshness felt everywhere, no noise . we had the time to appreciate nature because for examole intead of using a vehicle to go somewhere we had other options like taking a walk we gives a person enough view of the environment
      also due to the use of bicycles that was encouraged in our country Uganda, I believe a lot of people became more healthy

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  • global-conversation.png observant_sparrow | School College Pilote Sousse | Tunisia
    22 Apr 2021

    Hi it's observant_sparrow
    What are the negative effects of the coronavirus on the planet?
    The main consequence of the global crisis caused by the epidemic is to put other debates, including the climate emergency, in the background. The pandemic is temporary, but the effects of global warming will be felt today and increasingly in the centuries to come. Climate change remains a serious problem for our planet. The concentration of greenhouse gases already present in the atmosphere alone is sufficient to guarantee an increase in the average temperature of the Earth for several centuries.

    Experts predict that we will have more extreme events in the future (earthquakes, floods, tornadoes ... etc.) with consequences for infrastructure and food production. But these risks have moved down the scale of priorities in this time of pandemic.
    Yet at the rate we were at before the unfortunate drag caused by this crisis, there was little chance of limiting the temperature rise to 1.5 or 2 degrees, the maximum considered safe to avoid major climate tragedies. So, does this subject deserve to be left out? We now have time to analyze the infrastructure investments that trap us in a greenhouse gas-intensive economy, since most of them are on hold due to the economic impact of the pandemic. Thus, it is the right time to work on measures to end the crisis, and to plan for a transition towards means of producing goods, services and energy with less impact on the climate.

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