Many restrictions on humans and mass incarceration in many countries due to coronaviruses change their living habits, but in addition to protecting them from the massive spread of the virus, it also brings unexpected benefits.
Of the European countries, the largest number infected with the virus is in Italy, which has put the whole country in isolation.
At the moment, the situation seems to be calming down, however, isolation is still the best way to achieve positive outcomes, not only for the Italian population but for its environment as well.
It is wonderful to notice something that until recently could not be seen, such as boars in the middle of the city, dolphins in the port of Cagliari, ducks in fountains in Rome. Water purity in the canals of Venice and the large presence of fish are also very noticeable. It is also very noticeable that the air has purified itself, indicating that nature is reclaiming its spaces, where unfortunately it is happening as the whole world is slowly quarantined because of # COVID -19.
Boars in the middle of my hometown, dolphins in the port of Cagliari, ducks in the fountains in Rome, Venice canals have now clean water full of fishes. Air pollution dropped. Nature is reclaiming its spaces during quarantine in Italy. #COVID19 #COVIDー19 pic.twitter.com/dr6QILfF9V
— Francesco Delrio (@Cosodelirante) March 15, 2020
Fortunately, people are aware of the seriousness of the situation and take social distance extremely seriously, so they strictly follow the advice of experts to stay at home until the danger is over.
Together with the institutions in the States, every precaution is taken with the sole purpose of stopping the spread of the infection. What has proved very useful for the Italian ecosystem is that social isolation is the right way to deal with this kind of crisis.
Venice, as one of Europe’s most desirable tourist destinations, is remembered by many people in full boats, gondolas and thousands of tourists, which is not the case at the moment. But what is now characteristic is that the air and water quality has improved dramatically since the start of the lock, so that the city canals, now empty of people and ships, but filled with clear water like never before. Little fish can now be seen swimming around there and swans enjoying the water peacefully.
Here's an unexpected side effect of the pandemic – the water's flowing through the canals of Venice is clear for the first time in forever. The fish are visible, the swans returned. pic.twitter.com/2egMGhJs7f
— Kaveri 🇮🇳 (@ikaveri) March 16, 2020
Strict isolation throughout the country ensured that the streets and canals were completely deserted. This completely purified the water in the canals and lured the swans and dolphins to Venice, which returns many people’s faith in nature and for the continuation of life.
This proves that nature adapts and rebuilds very quickly when less influenced by humans. A spokesman for the Venice
Mayor’s Office told CNN:
“The water now looks clearer because there is less traffic on the canals, allowing the sediment to stay at the bottom. It’s because there is less boat traffic that usually brings sediment to the top of the water’s surface.”
According to satellite images, a serious decrease in the level of polluted air in Italy during the quarantine can be seen. This was also explained in the comments by Claus Zehner, head of the Copernicus Sentinel-5P mission at the European Space Agency (ESA), who points out that the emission reductions we see coincide with closures in Italy, as a result of reduced traffic and industrial activities.
The locals quickly noticed the extraordinary changes in the environment of Italy, which they gladly shared with the rest of the world through the internet and social networks.
The present state and the pleasure that nature gives us when it’s clean can be a lesson in how people relate when the lock is closed. We all need to learn how to appreciate and take care of the ecosphere around us. Nature always has its own ways to survive, but humans can easily spoil it with their violent behavior.