COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT: REVIEW OF AVAILABLE LITERATURES
A new life-threatening viral disease named Coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) is spreading rapidly throughout the world from the last 6-7 months. At first, this virus came into existence in Wuhan city, Hubei province of China in last month of year 2019. Till now, millions of people have lost their lives and more are infected with this incurable (vaccine is not available yet) disease. The UNEP’s Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform (2020) has claimed that the human beings are solely responsible for the origin and dissemination of this pandemic. After declaring this disease as public health emergency and a pandemic by WHO on 30th January, 2020 and 11th March, 2020 respectively, it drew the attention of the whole world and specially scientists, researchers, environmentalists, academicians to think about this new challenge. From then till now, many research works, articles, and papers have been published on its impact on every area like economic, health, environment, politics, etc. So, the main focus of this article is to review the scientific ideas (works) on the theme, “COVID-19 and the Environment” specially focused on COVID-19’s impact on the air and water quality based on the availability of literatures in open access mode.