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Observed and Potential Environmental Impacts of COVID -19 in Africa

Version 1 : Received: 18 August 2020 / Approved: 20 August 2020 / Online: 20 August 2020 (07:42:57 CEST)

How to cite: Mupatsi, N. Observed and Potential Environmental Impacts of COVID -19 in Africa. Preprints 2020, 2020080442 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0442.v1). Mupatsi, N. Observed and Potential Environmental Impacts of COVID -19 in Africa. Preprints 2020, 2020080442 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0442.v1).

Abstract

Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic has tremendously affected the African continent and the rest of the world. Most businesses have closed and a lot of people have lost their jobs. The aviation industry has been shaken to the core with airlines losing millions of dollars and flights being cancelled. The tourism industry has consequently been affected due to restricted travel of tourists, impacting wildlife conservation and livelihoods. Schools, colleges and universities have been closed. The virus has infected millions of people and hundreds of thousands of people have died globally putting strain on health systems especially those of hard hit countries. Various countries all over the world have put measures to control the spread of the virus through lockdowns and social distancing policies. The reduced economic activities and mobility of people has resulted in improved air quality, cleaner water and beaches in some countries. However there are also negative impacts such as challenges in waste management, increased pharmaceutical and household waste and discovery of the corona virus in wastewater, a potential threat to public health. A considerable amount of research has been done on the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 in Africa but there is still limited research on its impact on the environment. This paper serves to highlight the observed and potential environmental impacts of COVID-19 in Africa.

Subject Areas

COVID-19, SARS-Co-V-2, Environment, Africa, Pandemic,Pollution

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