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Is COVID-19 and Climate Change Related? By a City Tech Blogger

The Covid-19 pandemic has been going on for over 2 years. The world is still confused about the protocols and regulations in terms of when we can take the mask off. I personally have missed the day where we walk and breathe freely on the street. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we live life with death, separations, our past and present daily life. To prevent an Covid-19 outbreak , enterprise organizations began a new way to ensure everything works normally. For example, people would work remotely and maintain social distance whereas students took remote classes. This began the new way of life and the new “norm.”

The pandemic has changed the world. Society has become adapted to this new lifestyle while pursing for solutions to deal with future pandemics and outbreaks. Due to the strong contagion of Covid- 19 is mainly from the air, scientists have started to consider the relationship of Covid-19 and climate change. Does warmer weather slow the spread of viruses? Does air pollution contribute to the spread of viruses and worsen the conditions of patients who get the Covid-19? Will the change in people’s way affect climate change? These are crucial questions that have been discussed throughout these past few years. Based on the report from World Meteorological Organization (WMO), it is stated the Covid-19 did not slow climate change. There are no signs showing we are recovering shown by green levels indicated. Additionally, there has been a slow increase of carbon dioxide due to the rising of economic slowdown. The data shows that we are far away from the target reduction.

In my opinion, Covid-19 made things worse in an already bad situation. The world is in the process of solving climate change but Covid-19 had has a negative effect on climate change. They affect each other and bring more misfortune. There is a correlational relationship between global climate change and global pandemics. Carbon dioxide is one factor for climate change but there are other factors that should be taken into account that have contributed to damage in our climate. For example, deforestation has worsen worsen the climate crisis in terms of the effect on our recycling system.

My home country is China, which happens to be where the Coronavirus was originally found. The origins of the Covid-19 pandemic has been highly debated and not entirely known. However, many scientists believe that the pandemic may have started due to an outbreak in an Wuhan Lab in China. The United States government funded and supported the lab in Wuhan which led to several ends that created the Covid-19 pandemic. In this situation, people put epidemic prevention at the forefront. They implemented a strict isolation policy but it had a huge effect on our economy and small businesses. For example, people have to stay home and maintain social distance from others which affects businesses because they lose consumers leading to business shutdowns. Under the compound risks of Covid-19 and climate change, people lived with difficulty but never gave up. The effect of climate change is unclear currently or we can say the Covid-19 is too obvious.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the world deeply and unfortunately, it is unclear whether or not we can go back to pre-pandemic days. There is also the climate change problem which unknowingly influences our lives. These are all un-ignorable problems that need to be fixed because the world may be further damaged. We need to work together in order to overcome those disasters. Personally,  I believe the problem of  climate change and the pandemic make it difficult to reverse the problems we are currently encountering. We need to create an environment where we can breathe because health is fundamental to life.


















[1]“Climate Change and Impacts Accelerate.” World Meteorological Organization, 16 Sept. 2021, https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/climate-change-and-impacts-accelerate.


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