The COVID-19 pandemic took everyone by surprise in 2020. Ever since the world experienced how dangerous viruses can be for the general population, restrictions and bans have been implemented by most countries. Here’s how the pandemic impacted essential 2020 statistics.
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Plane Flights Taken
COVID-19 impacted passenger aviation like nothing else before, estimating the global loss of almost 400 billion dollars worldwide. Travel bans issued by most of the countries prevented people from traveling across the globe. Plane flights slowly started decreasing in February, reaching the minimum in May. In a massive blow to the tourism industry, only 30% of flights were taken compared to previous years.
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted most of the human activities in 2020, including energy use and CO2 emissions. Many scientists across the globe have analyzed the average data of CO2 emissions, and have come up with an estimated percentage that has shown a decrease of 8.8% in the first half of 2020, as the restrictions were more severe. This decrease has been compared to a decrease in CO2 emissions during the economic downturns, and even World War II.
Road Injury and Deaths
The COVID-19 pandemic also impacted road injury and death statistics in 2020. The traffic was severely reduced due to the border closures and movement restrictions issued by the individual countries, meaning there were fewer chances for a car crash. As seen in the picture below, the average mortality rate across 15 countries was almost 13000 people per month. Since lockdown restrictions were put in motion, this traffic on the roads dropped an astounding 40 percent, potentially saving 5000 lives.
Obesity rates have been hard to estimate since not a lot of people feel safe going to the medical facilities if not necessary. However, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic might have contributed to an increase in obesity rates for many reasons. These include absence of weight loss programs since group classes are a big factor in consistent exercise, interventions such as surgery for the aforementioned reasons concerning medical facilities and, in addition to this, not leaving the home due to restrictions reduced the amount of exercise performed.
With consumer shopping diving since many countries had issued lockdowns, consumers turned to online shopping. Global 2020 statistics have shown that online purchases have increased by an average of 10 percent for almost every product category. The biggest increase was found in cosmetics and personal care products, digital entertainment, and media, and books, reaching more than +50%. However, the average online spending per consumer has significantly dropped, probably due to job uncertainty, which left people focusing on buying the essentials.
There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic impacted many 2020 statistics. Some aspects took a hit such as tourism and obesity rates, but there are still many that improved the quality of life. There was less CO2 pollution, road injuries and online purchases kept the economy afloat.