5 Unique Ways Nature is Recovering During COVID-19
With a still increasing death toll of hundreds of thousands of people, COVID-19 is nothing short of a disaster – a pandemic that has claimed thousands of lives and has affected millions more.
However, it seems like people may be the only ones suffering from this pandemic. As horrible as that may sound, scientists and regular people alike have begun seeing tremendous changes, mostly positive, in our natural world just a few short months after the outbreak started.
In this article, we list the top 5 ways that Planet Earth is recovering during the COVID-19 outbreak.
1. Animals are coming out
While humans are busy staying inside their homes to avoid spreading the virus further, animals, on the other hand, seem to be having the time of their lives outside.
At Kruger National Park in Africa, a pride of lions was seen taking a nap right in the middle of the road. Since humans are no longer there to disturb them, many species of animals that used to be wary around people, like these lions, seem to have begun to feel safe enough to go out in the open even in broad daylight. Humans at home have also been going outside and soaking up the sun and vitamin D as lockdowns are minimized.
2. Reduced air pollution
The seemingly cleaner air is not just a superficial improvement. Scientists are detecting much lower levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions in the air. NO2 is mainly caused by the combustion of fossil fuels that are used in human activities.
By using Copernicus satellites, the European Space Agency (ESA) discovered that the NO2 levels in Paris, Rome, and Madrid have been reduced tremendously when compared to the same period in 2019.
3. Clear skies
One of the first things that people noticed during the outbreak is how the air seemed cleaner than ever.
In fact, in many parts of the world, residents are reporting a massive change in the air–literally. Due to the lack of cars on the road and the temporary shutdowns of many factories, landscapes that used to be covered in smog are now visible.
In the Philippines, the mountain range of Sierra Madre can now be seen from the capital city of Manila, something that was not possible before due to the thick smog that covered the city.
In China, where the outbreak first started in January 2020, the skies are crystal clear for the first time in a decade. The sun is out, and people are getting increased amounts of vitamin D during Covid-19. Vitamin D can help combat viruses by boosting immunity.
4. Cleaner water
It is not just the air that’s starting to clear up during the COVID-19 outbreak. All over the world, people are seeing a change in the water as well. Without all the garbage caused by human activities, rivers, streams, and canals are starting to clear up.
In Venice, Italy for instance, it’s not unusual to see trash floating along the famous Grand Canal. Every year, roughly 36 million tourists visit the canal for a lovely ride on the gondolas. Since the outbreak began, however, the Grand Canal is looking very clear – much clearer than it has ever been in the past.
5. Famous landmarks are empty for once
If you’ve ever visited any one of the world’s famous landmarks, you’ll know that it’s impossible to get a photo without anyone blocking the background. Well, not anymore!
Just take a look at this empty Eiffel Tower or the Golden Gate Bridge, which a lot of news outlets are describing as ‘eerie’ or ‘relatively empty’. For the first time ever, famous landmarks are now empty, thanks to strict social distancing guidelines in place. Nonetheless, the sun, its UV rays, and warmth are out, continuing to nourish our earth.
Do you think the world is really healing amidst the pandemic? Nevertheless, we really hope that we can all get through this pandemic together, as one world and one family.