The worldwide lockdown caused by the novel coronavirus has shuttered factories and reduced travel. But there is a positive side to that.
The coronavirus lockdown has lead to 11.000 fewer deaths from pollution in Europe, a study has revealed. Unprecedented falls in emissions and traffic have also resulted in 1.3 million fewer days of work absence, 6,000 fewer children developing asthma and 1,900 avoided emergency room visits according to the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air.
Compared with the same period last year, levels of nitrogen dioxide have fallen by 40% which means that people without Covid-19 can breathe easier. Pollution weakens the heart and respiratory system and is responsible for about 470,000 deaths in Europe and an estimated 7 million deaths worldwide, according to the WHO.
While the pandemic continues to take its toll since the beginning of the year, the response has offered a glimpse of hope for a cleaner and healthier environment if we switch away from follsi fuel.