The whole world has been forced to embark on a compulsory lockdown right now due to the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic which has killed no less than 20,000 people and infected half a million the World’s population in the last four months.
Airlines have been shut, schools are closed, business and factories are on compulsory holiday and even government officials have found themselves in compulsory isolation due to this dangerous disease. Gradually, the world economy is sliding into recession and it seems like it’s all about to come to an end. But, have we considered the the goodside of this whole situation?
There’s the english saying that’s there’s a good side to everything or perhaps, a blessing to every situation. So, is the case with the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19).
Do you know that the ungoing lockdown has reduced the emissions of carbon monoxide into the atmosphere?
It may also interest you to know that the shutting of airspaces, factories, refineries, vehicular movement amongst others is a blessing in disguise at this time in our lives. Why? Because they account for the unhealthy emissions into the atmosphere that causes climate change.
Do you know the level of advocacy that is ongoing on climate change and how it affects us as humans? According to World Health Organization (WHO), nine out of ten people now breathe polluted air, which kills at least 7 million people every year.
The health effects of air pollution are enormous. WHO says that one third of deaths from stroke, lung cancer and heart disease are due to air pollution. Unfortunately, air pollution is hard to escape, no matter how rich an area you live in. It is all around us. Microscopic pollutants in the air can slip past our body’s defences, penetrating deep into our respiratory and circulatory system, damaging our lungs, heart and brain. But all thanks to Coronavirus, 7 million people who could have died in 2020 through these emmisions may now have been saved.
Perhaps, there’s a lot more benefits the Coronavirus pandemic has brought to mankind. And there is a beautiful side to every ugly situation. The more we look, the more we see!
Oluyinka Padonu currently heads the editorial team of HSENations. He is an experienced writer, spanning over two decades in Journalism. Before now, He has been with Safety Record as News Editor amongst other journalistic platforms.