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The climate: Because our daily routines have so drastically changed in the last year and citizens are staying in their homes more, the environment has seen major improvements since the pandemic started. Water pollution rates have decreased in multiple parts throughout the world and air quality has improved. Due to less traveling, carbon dioxide emissions have decreased as well, but not drastically. While these changes will not last as life becomes more normal, it is inspiring to see we can make a change in the right direction.
Mental health: According to health.clevelandclinic.org, the age range of 18-year-olds to 34-year-olds have been the most impacted emotionally and mentally. The website gives these statistics on the common problems: 33% of the respondents said stress, 30% said anxiety, 24% said depression and 24% said loneliness or isolation.
Health: Also according to health.clevelandclinic.org, from the survey they conducted, 62% of respondents said they have spent more time outdoors, they have better sleep patterns and they have started to exercise or changed their ways of exercising. 34% said they have cleaned up their diet and 87% said they will continue this practice.
Family Time: With being stuck at home comes having to spend more time with your family. While some people dreaded this at first, as quarantine goes on, many people have come to appreciate the extra family time they have. Many seniors and parents of seniors are glad to have extra time before they go off to college.
Vigilance: Many individuals have become a lot more aware of safety precautions and protocols that need to be followed, even when we are not in the midst of a pandemic. There are points being made that individuals should wear masks in public when feeling sick as well as during infectious seasons, like flu season, in order to keep everyone around us safe.
Any lasting effects? Many people are asking the question, what will happen after the pandemic is over? There is a chance we will see residual effects for years to come, including social distancing, masking up and public areas or transportation not being full capacity.