How Has Coronavirus Changed The World ?

It might seem that the biggest difference in the post-COVID-19 world is the advent of widespread mask-wearing and intensive handwashing. But the changes go much deeper — from innovations on the global scale to everyday habits, some adaptations are obvious while others are completely unexpected. Some of these modifications have affected our world positively, but others have led to unfortunate consequences. We can only make our best guesses about which of these changes will disappear with the pandemic and which will stick around in the long run.

Nature 2.0

News stories buzz from all corners of the world: while we’ve all been sitting at home, nature has reset itself! Rare species of turtles have been spotted on the empty beaches of Thailand; deer, bears, and wolves roam the streets of Italy; and penguins have reached South Africa! 


Smog in big cities is receding thanks to lowered levels of pollution—through the newly-clean air, residents of Jakarta, Indonesia can now see the mountains on the horizon, and the Brits can finally gaze at the starry night sky!

Not all the news is so peachy, though. For example, zoologists fear that the coronavirus may spread to mountain gorillas in Central Africa — their DNA is 98% identical to that of humans. The pandemic has limited the work of wildlife rangers around the world, and poaching of jaguars and cougars in Colombia is already running rampant. Illegal fishing is growing on the coast of Indonesia, and deforestation in the Amazon has increased by 30%! Many wildlife parks are supported by revenue generated by tourism, so border closings have forced many countries to cut funding for nature reserves.

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