The decrease in pollution is “particularly evident” during the last week. This matches with the national quarantine established in Italy in response to the pandemic.
According to the information provided by the European Space Agency (ESA), there is an evident decrease in nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
Experts got this conclusion after the agency shared a video on March 13 that reveals the veracity of their statements.
NO2 is a harmful gas emitted mainly by automobiles and industrial facilities. The images are from Italy, the epicenter of Covid-19 in Europe.
The video shows the fluctuation between January 1 and March 11 of this year. Its decrease is clearly evident and rapid. Experts associate it with restrictions imposed on the rapid spread of the virus.
Copernicus Sentinel-5P Satellite
Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite captured the images. The main goal of this satellite is to monitor our atmosphere and tracking a wide variety of pollutants.
Claus Zehner, manager of ESA assured what: “It is the most accurate instrument today that measures air pollution from space.”
— ESA EarthObservation (@ESA_EO) March 13, 2020
Days before this post, NASA atmospheric science researcher Santiago Gassó shared two comparative images about it, showing the decrease in nitrogen dioxide between February 7 and March 7.
Somehow, it seems that this phenomenon is positive mainly for those with pre-existing respiratory problems; those who face greater problems against the Coronavirus.
Although the COVID-19 may improve environmental pollution it cannot be ignored that it leaves many other problems due to the increase in the death rate in Italy.
So far, the number of people killed by Covid-19 was 1,441 and 21,157 are infected.