The coronavirus disease slowly turned into a global pandemic affecting the environment and human beings in the long run. The issue attracted international attention because of its varied impact on human life and the economy. Governments and scientists all across the globe have tried every bit to deal with the issue with strategic hands.
However, one area that remains unattended is the environmental factor associated with covid-19. There are a few recommendations for adequate control of the future epidemic, but the threat still exists. Ecological management using ecosystem service plays a significant role in spreading and exposing infectious diseases. Moreover, it also plays a role in pollution reduction, control of climatic change, etc.
Viruses and pollutants produce a negative impact on the immune system along with other mechanisms. As a result, they may have an enhancing and additive role in the viral disease.
- Impact of the pathogen
Particulate matter obstructs the airway, exasperating the cases of coronavirus. Along with this, climatic factors also affect coronavirus transmission. Yet you will not find articles establishing this fact how climatic factors may result in spreading the new disease. So far, negative and positive indirect environmental impacts got reported, but the negative impact is more persistent and greater.
Too little information regarding the current pandemic and the association between COVID-19 cases and the environment is available. It would help if you undertook more research by using new technology for collecting data and implementing the same with a proactive approach. A significant association between covid-19 and air pollution was revealed in different global articles. According to a recent poll by MyBioSource, around 29% of people in Rhode Island support Covid norms.
- Environmental management and its impact on the global pandemic
As per Chiang Rai Times, Environmental management has a direct impact on life quality. The current economic system focusing on unsustainable exploitation of resources along with modern lifestyle encourages megacities to modify the natural environment to a level. It contributes to the establishment of an artificial environment that is ideal for the spread and development of new diseases.
It’s because of the accumulation of individuals in small areas and the lack of focus on natural barriers. Remember that the natural ecosystem provides valuable resources along with ensuring human well-being. Hence, the ecological function has far-reaching results. The services help in the regulation of climatic conditions along with controlling air and water quality. It is thereby essential to undertake more research to provide adequate information on environmental management and its impact on COVID-19.
- Pollutants and COVID-19
The second most important area is the relation between covid-19 and pollutants. These are persistent organic matter such as biphenyls, metals, methyl mercury, and organ disruptors that have increased in concentration because of anthropogenic activities. The chemical pollutants are disseminated all across the globe and found in soil, air, water, animals, and vegetation. The exposure in humans and animals is through diet.
They produce various biological effects on humans and wildlife, including mutagenic, immunological, and reproductive alterations. The continuous increase in infection and chronic exposure-related diseases created havoc worldwide. The relationship between viral infections and pollutants recently got reported in several articles. Scientists across the globe have found that the chemical stressors have the exact action mechanism as COVID-19. Hence, these pollutants depress the human ecosystem, affect animals, and increase the impact of the virus.
- What is the solution?
If you look at studies across the globe, you will see that around 98% of these researches only focus on coronavirus. However, it needs more research on environmental factors and how they affect individual conditions. Remember that population, socio-economic factors, and climate changes are all interrelated. There is a robust relationship between the death risk of COVID-19 and environmental pollution. Hence, more findings are required to spread awareness regarding the relationship between these two vital factors. Remember that the post-covid scenario is a challenging stage.
The transmission may be at a lower rate, but there is no surety that a future pandemic will not take place. The influence of environmental factors on COVID-19 information is well-established. Hence, there must be a positive approach for the governments and scientists to work together. It helps to ensure that the virus does not survive for a long time. Also, there must be a positive approach toward hygiene and sanitation. Remember that the climatic factors generate a dynamic scenario that influences the number of confirmed cases. Hence, scientists must address this active factor, and governments must make political decisions to manage them.
Along with this, there must be a proper assessment of the indirect impact of coronavirus on the environment. Remember that this is a way process. Preventive confinement measures on the population imposed across the globe by different authorities have an environmental outcome. Along with this, the coronavirus pandemic also affects air quality and results in climatic changes. Although the Co2 emission has decreased by 17%, more and more work is needed to ensure that the climatic changes and global warming problems reach a solution.