COVID-19 Secondary Effect: Reduced Air Pollution Due to Reduced Global Activity

Never would have thought about this kind of secondary effect…

Kottke.org found an interesting article with a different look at the secondary effects of COVID-19:

Stanford professor Marshall Burke, who does research on the social and economic impacts of environmental change, wrote a post about how the decrease in economic activity in China due to COVID-19 quarantine and other countermeasures resulted in a significant drop in air pollution, which Burke estimates will save more lives than deaths caused by COVID-19.

And his conclusion is not that viral pandemics are a net positive for the world (you will see people naively arguing this, siding a little too closely with a snapping Thanos for my comfort) but that situations like this remind us, as Burke summarized on Twitter: “the way our economies operate absent pandemics has massive hidden health costs”:

Not something I would have ever thought of.

Decrease in Economic Activity Due to COVID-19 Reduced Air Pollution and Saved Lives

Author: Scott

The mountains are calling, let me grab a jacket and my kids.

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