Coronavirus: Good For The Environment?


Source: U.S. Department of State

An example of a Corona virus cell.

Logan Pei, Staff Writer and Copy Editor

Corona virus. Almost everyone in the world knows about this pandemic. It has blown a path of destruction in its wake, but as of right now, it is doing Earth a favor.

According to BBC News, during the week of March 19 in New York City, the carbon monoxide levels went down by around 50% on some days. In addition, carbon dioxide levels have decreased by five percent. In Italy, nitrogen oxide levels are around 40 micro moles per meter squared, which is less than the previous average.

As the reader may know, a large number of countries have been put in quarantine, so people do not leave their home as much, leading to a decrease in carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and other harmful gases. Although this is happening right now, the release of harmful gases is expected to spike up once COVID-19 has been resolved. 

Rob Jackson, an environmental scientist at Stanford states, “I won’t be celebrating if emissions go down a percent or two because of the Corona virus. We need sustained declines, not an anomalous year below average.”

Since most people are stuck at home, think about how little harmful gas is being produced compared to a normal year without any of this Corona virus panic.