Updated: Mar 31, 2020
Currently, there are 218,997 infected with COVID-19 worldwide. Additionally, the virus has caused over 8,953 deaths. However, 84, 795 have recovered from the virus.
EARTH IS HEALING ITSELF – When your body gets a virus, your internal system gets defensive, it starts a fever to flush the virus out.
Now, with the new coronavirus pandemic, some say this is the Earth’s response to its own virus – the activities of man.
As countries like Italy went into lockdown, it brought significant recovery to its canals. Usually murky waters are crystal clear and teeming with life. Moreover, dolphins can be seen in the canals.
With large parts of Italy on lockdown, pictures have emerged on a Facebook group, Venizia Pulita (Clean Venice), of Venice’s canals showing signs of improvement. Usually very murky waters, the canals have become much clearer, to the extent that the fish living inside are now visible. Not only are the fish visible, white swans have now replaced the famous gondolas, floating across the cleaner waters.
While these images have been showing signs of improvement, the Venice mayor’s office had this to say:
‘The water now looks clearer because there is less traffic on the canals, allowing the sediment to stay at the bottom. However, the air is less polluted since there are less vaporetto and boat traffic than usual because of the restricted movement of residents.
In China, where the first cases of coronavirus were detected, a massive decline in pollution and greenhouse gases have now been recorded. Satellite images on NASA’s website show how the decrease in industrial, business and transportation activity between January and February 2020 has reduced the levels of atmospheric nitrogen dioxide (No2) first in Wuhan and then across the country. "This is the first time I have seen such a dramatic drop-off over such a wide area for a specific event," Fei Liu, an air quality researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre, said in a statement.
Liu said that in the recent past there have been other incidents which had led to a significant decrease in NO2 levels, noting the 2008 economic recession as one of them. But none of them have seen a drop so acute. Liu also said that there is usually a noticeable drop-off during Chinese celebrations of the Lunar New Year, but again it’s never before been this sharp.
"This year, the reduction rate is more significant than in past years and it has lasted longer," she said. "I am not surprised because many cities nationwide have taken measures to minimize spread of the virus." According to China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment ‘good quality, air days’ have increased by 21.5 % in February.