In these infographics and accompanying article, we gathered information from primary and secondary sources to summarize the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine on different aspects of the environment. We found that mother nature earned some points, but lost on others. For example, here in New York, Columbia University measured a 50% reduction in carbon monoxide emissions. But, medical waste quadrupled due to the increased use of disposable PPE and other contaminated biomedical solid waste.
In the article, I was cited as follows:
"One of the things that we can learn from the pandemic’s effects on the environment is that we CAN actually have an impact if there were a global effort to do so. It is inspiring how in cities that had extreme levels of air pollution, from Los Angeles to New Delhi, people are seeing the difference that cleaner air can make to quality of life if we could reduce the number of cars and emissions from polluting industries. Another lesson will be the realization of how productive many workers can be while working from home when they are given the proper tools. Many companies will see the value of having at least some workers work from home, reducing the need for commuting and also reducing the office space needed to conduct business."
See the full article with the beautiful interactive infographics and the list of sources including other scientists and business leaders who contributed Here.
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Dr. Luz Claudio is an environmental health scientist, mother and consultant, originally from Puerto Rico. She is a tenured professor of environmental medicine and public health. Luz recently published her first book: How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper: The Step-by-Step Guide. Dr. Claudio has internship programs and resources for young scientists. Opinions expressed in this blog are solely her own and may not reflect her employer's views.