The Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic is perhaps the deadliest disease to affect human beings across the world in recent history. The global outbreak of this ailment has had a significant impact on every aspect of our lives. As governments worldwide struggle to control the spread of the virus, various health and safety restrictions have been placed on us including the wearing of surgical masks and gloves, social distancing, staying home and utilising sanitizers among others. Interestingly, these changes in our habits and practices have had a considerable impact on our physical environment. Research has shown that the environment has undergone numerous alterations on a global scale since the beginning of the pandemic. While the pandemic has largely been portrayed as having a positive impact on the environment, with air pollution diminishing and water quality improving in some regions, there is another side to the story that has gone largely unnoticed in popular rhetoric. Many areas globally are facing a growing environmental crisis in the wake of COVID-19. Deforestation rates are changing in certain regions, while some areas are witnessing an alarming increase in the generation of biomedical waste and a haphazard disposal of safety equipment.
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