Evidence-based research indicates that river basins are cleaner due to fewer people driving due to community lockdowns. Further, air quality has improved due to lessened home-to-work/school transportation and more Work-From-Home (WFH) remote options. Moreover, governments are experiencing challenges providing food to the most vulnerable communities from a food security standpoint. For example, those in global slums are particularly challenged during this time. Air, water, soil, and noise pollution have diminished since the pandemic as manufacturing production has been severely reduced in some industries. Food quality has been diminished because manufacturers are focused more on the quality of products rather than on perceived consumer quality. Solid and waste challenges abound as the use of hand sanitizers and chemicals to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus have created elevated levels of chemicals in waste programs threatening to refuse environmental factors and soil quality via toxic substances. The impacts of growth on the ecosystem are global because some species are in an overabundance within the food cycle, threatening the delicate balance of nature. On the other hand, algae overgrowth has lessened because of less carbon and nitrogen emissions. Also, human traffic and visitations to international parks have decreased. For instance, in Canada and other nature parks, animals on the plains now run free because of social distancing measures and park closures. From an economic perspective, as some industries have grown (masks/sanitation chemical/respirator production), others have declined (transportation/aviation). As a result, the pandemic has reduced air quality impacts of commercial aviation travel and lessened global cargo, which has reduced air and sound emissions worldwide
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Amin AE (2022) The Benefits and Impact of COVID Lockdown on the Environment. Environ Sci Ecol: Curr Res 3: 1045