With the Covid -19 fewer people die due to environmental pollution
And it is very logical. The forced closure of businesses and confinement of people have reduced environmental pollution in cities, and 11,000 fewer people died in April than in the same month of the previous year due to environmental pollution.
The closure of individuals and companies reduced the consumption of energy and fuel in automobiles, and produced an appreciable improvement in the environment; and this improvement helped less people die from those causes.
From time to time that information is published, but it is not insisted on enough, that in the world between 4 and 8 million people die (according to those who calculate) every year due to environmental pollution.
These represent much higher deaths than those caused by the Covid-19, and we continue to live as if nothing is the matter and with hardly any reaction.
During the month of April, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels decreased in Europe by more than 35%, and in China by more than 25%.
Pollution reduces the life expectancy of people, which in Europe is about 8 months, and in some countries (in the Asia area) it becomes 3 to 4 years.
And that also supposes an increase in the sanitary expenses of all the countries. But despite knowing these data, little was done, and polluting economic development was prioritized.
And the question that arises is: Are we going to do the same after Covid-19?
When the need puts pressure on us, we are able to do things differently than we have done before, when before we said that it was “impossible”.
Let’s make virtue of necessity and quickly change our development model.
Those who do it first and adapt to the new realities will position themselves ahead and will be winners. We just have to have a little intelligence and a lot of will power.