COVID-19 and climate change are both extremely harmful to human life. In recent years, global climate change has become the biggest threat facing mankind. The massive burning of fossil fuels, the uncontrolled emissions of greenhouse gases, and the excessive deforestation of forests have caused a sharp rise in global temperature, leading to many catastrophic consequences. The situation of glaciers retreating and sea level rise is quite severe. This year, COVID-19 appeared globally.
Just like climate change, the COVID-19 epidemic has become a major global crisis. It is currently believed that COVID-19 spreads from person to person mainly through close contact. Some asymptomatic people may also spread the virus. The closer the interaction between a person and others and the longer the interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Although the risk of spreading COVID-19 from animals to humans is low, there have been reports of cases where patients interacted with pets, which caused pets to contract the virus.
Climate change has increased the risk of a pandemic. There is no positive evidence to show that climate change has affected the spread of COVID-19. However, climate change has changed the living habits of both humans and animals. Because of the greenhouse effect, animals will migrate to different habits due to environmental changes. This causes animals to come into contact with other animals that they never previously touched, which increases the spread of germs. Excessive deforestation has caused animals to lose their original living environment. As a result, animals are getting closer and closer to human living environments, thus spreading their own viruses to humans.
Air pollution increases the risk of COVID-19. Studies have found that people living in poor air environments are more likely to die from COVID-19. Because of air pollution and people’s smoking habits, their respiratory function is worse than that of people who breathe fresh air in a clean environment. Street sleepers are a very good example. Because these people are exposed to the outdoors for a long time without any air defense measures, wild animals may come in contact with them. The invasion of the virus will most easily happen to them.
The consequences of climate change will cause COVID-19 to lose control. The most common consequences of climate change are floods or droughts. However, super storms will occur in people’s lives because of climate change. In May 2020, a super powerful storm happened on the east coast of India. This time period is also at the same time that COVID-19 affects the world. Millions of people have moved to crowded shelters. But some of them refused to enter shelters because of fear of contracting the virus. This led to the deaths of people who stayed at home when the storm was in a village near the sea. It is difficult for people who have moved into the shelter to avoid the virus infection.
The arrival of COVID-19 has helped slow climate change. With the rapid spread of COVID-19 on a global scale, the global economy has also seen a downward trend. This has led to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Looking at history, infectious diseases have always threatened the survival of mankind. Climate change, ecological environment changes, and their coordination with human activities are the main factors of infectious diseases. Since entering the state of isolation and epidemic prevention, most people have stayed at home, thereby reducing traffic flow and vehicle carbon emissions. In the industrial sector, workers can reduce their working hours per week to reduce the amount of industrial carbon emissions. While people are fighting COVID-19, climate change has also improved a lot.
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