Positive Effects of Coronavirus

Jordan Foster

Society has been accustomed to the negative effects that the coronavirus has brought upon us, but most people don’t discuss the positive values it has created as well.

Although the coronavirus has unfortunately killed over a staggering estimated 214,000 people, it also has had positive effects that the world has benefitted from.

Specifically, satellite images straight from NASA showed the pollution levels over China when the outbreak was in its early stages.

A US space Agent from NASA said, “satellite images have shown a dramatic decline in pollution levels over China, which is “at least partly” due to an economic slowdown prompted by the coronavirus.”

This happens because people are mostly inside their homes and practicing social distancing instead of driving around and going places. In China, the estimated fossil fuel emission dropped by 25% in the coronavirus’s rising stages.

This is important because these effects help cool down the Earth’s atmosphere and allow it to recover from the damage it has suffered for so many years. Due to a lower amount of carbon dioxide being emitted into the air, it has helped prevent global warming for the upcoming generations.

These effects have spread across the world, not only China, which can have long term effects on saving the world and its atmosphere. This is the side of the coronavirus that no-one talks about but needs to be discussed more often.

In other locations such as Italy, there is water that communities haven’t seen so clearly in years. The city’s canals have become extremely clear, even with visible fish swimming around that couldn’t be seen before. Prior to the virus, the water was super murky and nothing in the water could be made out due to boat transportation.

When the virus made its way to Venice, Italy a spokesman said, “The water now looks clearer because there is less traffic on the canals, allowing the sediment to stay at the bottom.”
“It’s because there is less boat traffic that usually brings sediment to the top of the water’s surface.” The spokesman also noticed that since the quarantine. “The air, however, is less polluted since there are less vaporetti (public water buses) and boat traffic than usual because of the restricted movement of residents.”

This connects to the effect that the coronavirus has on the United States as well, since most of society has been practicing self-isolation inside of our homes and have limited our time on the road, whether this is personal vehicles, public transportation, etc.

These positive effects of the coronavirus is an eye-opener for many people out there who are oblivious to how we can actually benefit from the virus. News sources only cover the casualty rates and how many people have acquired the virus instead of focusing on long term positive effects of the virus as well as how many people have actually recovered from it as well, which is in-fact 916,000 people.