How Social Distancing is Affecting the Environment

The coronavirus has had so many negative effects on the world but is also producing some good side effects. Ever since people have been staying inside, it’s been having a big effect on the environment.

With everyone practicing social distancing there has been an improvement in the air pollution issue.  According to politico.eu, “A drop in air pollution was first observed by NASA in China’s Hubei province, where the coronavirus outbreak began in December.” 

Ever since Italy went on lockdown, the Venice canals remained almost completely empty. This has had an unexpected side effect and the water has become very clear. Before, the water used to be murky. Now you are able to see through the water and see the fish.

The Ozone Layer is also improving. It had a hole in it by Antarctica that is now almost fully healed. It is starting to recover and is leading to positive changes in the atmosphere. 

“The average number of good quality air days has increased 21.5% in February,” said CNN.

Fei Liu, an air quality researcher said,  “I am not surprised because many cities nationwide have taken measures to minimize the spread of the virus.”

During this time it is important that you stay safe, practice social distancing, and try to avoid going out. It is important that you take precautions and stay healthy. Doing all these things keeps us safe and help our environment. 

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