March 24, 2020

Learn Why the World Health Organization Is Now Saying “Physical Distancing” Instead of “Social Distancing”

The phrase “social distancing” might be all that you hear about right now in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But in a March 20, 2020 press briefing by the World Health Organization (WHO), the expression was rarely uttered—and there’s a good reason for it. The WHO is now suggesting that people use the phrase “physical distancing” to emphasize the need to physically—but not socially—separate themselves from others.

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March 19, 2020

Venice’s Canal Turns Crystal Clear During Coronavirus Quarantine

It’s been a difficult 12 months for Venice. With record floods in November, the city was already in recovery mode when the coronavirus began its grip on Italy in late February. As of March 18, the Veneto region, where Venice is located, has the third most cases of coronavirus in the country with over 3,200 positive cases and nearly 100 deaths.

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March 17, 2020

Pollution Drops in China and Italy During Coronavirus Quarantines

The coronavirus pandemic has quickly devastated the entire world, but there’s one exception to its dire effects—air pollution in the environment is down. As people are being forced indoors and life grinds to a halt due to quarantines, something incredible is happening. Not only is air pollution diminishing, but overused waterways are seeing a regrowth of marine life.

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March 16, 2020

Resilient Italians Are Singing From Their Balconies During Coronavirus Lockdown

As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the globe, more and more countries are asking their populations to make sacrifices. In Italy, which currently has the most cases of COVID-19 outside of China, this means placing the entire nation on lockdown. Italians are being asked to stay indoors and only leave the house for essential errands like purchasing groceries and medical necessities.

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