The pandemic forced the shutdown of the $2.6-billion voluntourism industry, but some organizations later reopened with safety protocols that go beyond the bare minimum. However, that’s not always the case.
Almost 9 million deaths worldwide are attributed to the effects of air pollution on diseases such as diabetes, stroke, lung disease and heart disease. Now, there is increasing evidence of the relationship between air pollution and COVID-19.
We end 2020, however, with hope as impressive scientific advances have allowed the rapid production and dissemination of highly effective vaccines – and the opportunity to turn the page to an optimistic 2021.