Silver Linings of 2020

When we’re all swearing this year to be one of the worst years of the century, and for some, let’s say the worst year of their lives. But as we say, “Every cloud has it’s silver lining” and to some degree, it’s also real. We should think of nature as a result of this lockdown of Mother Nature ‘s healing to a great degree. Many major metropolitan cities used to be heavily polluted for a variety of reasons (certainly all the reasons are linked to homo sapiens only).

According to System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), there was a 76% decline in the NO2 level concentration, while PM 2.5 was down by 54% as opposed to the same period in 2019.During the lockdown, SAFAR monitored pollution levels in six cities—Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Pune and Kolkata. The study found that Delhi’s PM 2.5 (particulate matter lesser than 2.5 microns) reduced by 39%, Kolkata’s and Ahmedabad’s by 30%, Pune by 25% and Chennai by 11%.

The Times of India

Until now it all may sound very obvious to many of you let me put some content that may sound interesting.

Wonder chicken discovered

The earliest fossil of the modern bird has recently been found, dating back 66 million years — before the age of the dinosaurs. This creature, named “the wonder chicken” by scientists, looks like a chicken from the front and a duck from the back. The discovery brings a great deal of detail to the body of scientific knowledge, telling scientists a lot about the early evolution of the modern bird and opening a discussion about its origin.

Second person in the world to be cured of HIV

A few weeks ago, the second person in the world was cured of HIV. Thanks to stem cell therapy, London, U.K. Resident Adam Castillejo is free from disease. While this treatment is high-risk and still not readily available to patients, Castillejo’s cure gives us hope that a possible gene therapy cure will be within our scope.

There are a few sites now free of COVID-19

While all of us are still terrified by the pandemic, a few areas free of coronavirus offer a silver lining for the future.Lakshadweep having zero cases is a big accomplishment as they depend on Kerala for most of their medical needs.

Apart from New Zealand, Tanzania, Fiji, Vatican City, Montenegro, Seychelles, St. Kitts & Nevis, Timor-Leste, and Papua New Guinea have treated the most recent citizens diagnosed in their countries of coronavirus.

The first in-vitro cheetah cubs to be born

At the end of February, the Columbus Zoo in Ohio announced the birth of the first cheetah cubs to be born from in vitro fertilization. Two cubs, male and female, were born to cheetah Izzy, a three-year-old mother. This feat is a milestone for both biology and zoology and comes as an indication that humans can help those at risk.Species must thrive.

Australia is no longer in the flames
The last thing to rule in the early months of 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic has eventually come to a stop. Australia is no longer on fire; the flames have been lit in New South Wales, the only state to remain on fire since early March. Its trees are now recovering, and new plant life has recently emerged from the fire-ridden landscape. While this is certainly not the end of the battle against the climate crisis, the horrors in Australia have now come to a halt.

Animal Crossing on the Nintendo Switch

Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out on the Nintendo Switch on March 20th, on a less important but still pleasant note. Now, fans of the popular Mario title will enjoy it on the newest Nintendo console. This game has become a worldwide phenomenon, as many see it as a great opportunity to fill their hours with self-isolation. This game is commonly regarded to be extremely relaxing — the idea is basically to go to an island and make a bunch of animal friends to perform simple tasks in return for prizes.

But apart from these commonly known facts and figures, perhaps this year has not proved that bad for students as well. I now may seem to most of us to be a complete blether and jabber, but let me tell you some bizarre things that none of us may have noticed.

Most of us realize what we are capable of doing apart from what we all used to do in our normal lives. We ‘re beginning to recover or develop new or outdated abilities. We began to talk of things that we would never have considered before. Others may start studying, some start cooking, drawing, coding, reading, and more.

I, myself, have learned a lot of things that I just don’t think I ‘d remember if I didn’t have the quarantine time period. There are a lot of skills that you can learn in this period of time, here in this blog I’m just mentioning their name and not the whole story (I ‘d definitely try to write my next blog on this one).

  • Start a blog
  • Learn how to code
  • Digital Marketing
  • Closing a deal
  • Copy writing skills
  • Simulations

This list is endless, and it’s just a few of them that I’m learning as a student. So believe me they ‘re all worth knowing, and you’re going to love studying not all of them, but at least some of them you have to know.

So if we get trapped in our homes and we can’t celebrate holidays or have fun with our friends and loved ones. Guys, let me make it clear that many of us are stuck with the ones who love us the most, clearly our parents and our family. Perhaps, all of us are so stressed that we generally don’t have time for our family, so mostly because of our crazy lives, we don’t even think about it. But after so many years, all of us have our childhood days back and believe me that they won’t come back once this pandemic has passed, so enjoy those moments with them.

And as for those dear ones you haven’t met for months and it seems like ages. The quote describes this well.

“As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delights of presence best known by the torments of absence.”

Alcibiades

There can be no distance from them who we want to be with and who wants to be with you. Without a doubt, this year has taken away a lot of things from us, but it can still give us a lot to enjoy. It tells us a lot, and let’s take that as a year to learn to try to understand the things we’ve never taken care of.