Noise abates as the pandemic rages on

Photo credit: Raed Mansour licensed under CC BY 2.0

by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

This report from Yahoo! discusses work being done by the Royal Observatory of Belgium and the British Geological Survey that shows that people staying at home has made some measurable differences.

The work shows that low frequency noise created by humans, picked up by a network of seismometers, has decreased by 33%. The reduction in low frequency vibrations was confirmed by the British Geological Survey.

This new quiet may be one tiny silver lining in the scourge that is the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Daniel Fink is a leading noise activist based in the Los Angeles area. He is the founding chair of The Quiet Coalition, an organization of science, health, and legal professionals concerned about the impacts of noise on health, environment, learning, productivity, and quality of life in America. Dr Fink also is the interim chair of Quiet Communities’ Health Advisory Council, and he served on the board of the American Tinnitus Association from 2015-2018.

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