COVID-19 cases in India cross 74,281 and the death toll crosses 2,415. More than 150 countries and territories have reported the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China; it spread rapidly in different countries. It is an unseen human virus that spreads from human to human, starting from the common cold and ultimately affecting the respiratory system.
For this, the WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and other health organisations to provide support to counties about precautionary and preventive measures.
Amid the lockdown worldwide, most people are locked in their homes to stay safe and fight COVID-19. But there are certain unexpected things we see in this lockdown. Humans are locked inside, but birds are free to fly high in the blue sky and animals are free to roam their native land.
One of the main impacts of the coronavirus outbreak has been a significant drop in air pollution in many parts of the world due to all industrial activity being shut down. Not only has air quality improved, but it has led to a reduction in some harmful particles in the air like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide.
Another unexpected effect on the environment from the pandemic has been seen in India itself; the Ganga and Yamuna rivers are cleaner than they have been in living memory.
While people are amazed to see these unexpected changes in our environment, sadly, the changes will be no longer stay when the lockdown is over. Many people will come out of their houses, use their vehicles, throw plastic or garbage in the river. Several industrial activities will restart and affect the environment severely. By the end, there will be no beautiful sounds of Twittering birds and the effects on the water of river Ganga and Yamuna will be worse.
We should learn from our time in the lockdown to save our environment and learn the responsibility of protecting nature.