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SLOHS senior Gianna Lucchesi: the World Of Science is Impacted By the Coronavirus

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  The Coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly affected all humans. In terms of science, it has also impacted the living and nonliving organisms on Earth. Because of the decreased human activity, several positive changes have emerged.

From the biggest Arctic ozone-hole closing to animals invading cities, San Luis Obispo High School students have had many opinions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Gianna Lucchesi, senior, a passionate environmental activist and co-president of the Environmental Club shared her thoughts to Expressions regarding the environmental impact of this pandemic and the science around it. 

Expressions: Do you feel the people that don’t agree with the science behind the Coronavirus are putting others at risk?

Senior Gianna Lucchesi: Oh for sure. Ignoring science is always a risky move, especially when a disease is involved. I think it’s pretty safe to assume that all of the changes that are happening like the shelter-at-home order and any mask mandates are happening for a reason. If there were any option for these things not to be happening, they probably wouldn’t be. 

Expressions: In terms of the environmental impacts of COVID-19, what are your thoughts about the decrease in greenhouse gases? Will these declines have long-lasting impacts?

Lucchesi: I think that while the decline of cars on the road/commuters is helpful for the environment, but there’s still other factors to consider. This includes fact that a lot more things are getting delivered to individual houses in gas-powered vehicles, and the rapid need for production of all types of things including masks/PPE and other helpful supplies, urgent production usually corresponds with environmental neglect, and I can only assume the carbon output of all this is a bummer.. I also feel like because, for good reason, there hasn’t been a dine-in option at restaurants, there’s been a lot more single-used plastics being used

Expressions: Has this pandemic made more people conscious about the environment?

Lucchesi: Despite all the “we are the virus” memes, I feel like people now have a lot of additional things to worry about. The pandemic has revealed the misshapen construction of our system that environmental disaster would only exacerbate if unresolved. 

Expressions: With scientists quickly seeking a vaccine, would you imagine that the safety of the vaccine will be compromised because of the demand for it?

Lucchesi: I’d trust the vaccine once it rolls out. The FDA and foreign scientists are seeking to find a cure that works, and wouldn’t settle for less. Though still possible, I’d find that situation highly unlikely.

Expressions: Once a vaccine is found, do you think the world of science will be different?Lucchesi: One can only hope that this will help instill more public faith in science and facts. In recent times there’s been far too much disregard and denial of scientific findings and it’s a serious problem. Considering the fact that preventative measures suggested by scientists are helping save lives in this crisis, I’m hoping the world will be ready to listen to scientists trying to prevent a climate change disaster.

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