The world is troubled by the frequent deaths and infections caused by the Coronavirus. In such a situation, a picture taken from the satellite has given rise to new fears. According to the picture, the sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission levels in Wuhan, China, have suddenly increased significantly. It only grows when large-scale corpses or medical waste is burnt.
High level in Wuhan
High levels of sulfur dioxide have been found in the area most affected by the coronavirus. It is being claimed that this may be due to the mass funeral. This level of this gas is found in satellite images in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where Corona was first found. At the same time, high SO2 levels have also been found in Chongqing, China. It is also isolated due to the outbreak. Scientists say that SO2 is emitted when corpses or medical waste is burned.
China has already announced that upon the death of Coronavirus victims, their dead bodies will be cremated in the presence of very few people. The National Health Commission of the country said that the dead bodies would be burnt by their near relatives very soon. The increasing level of SO2 may be evidence that a large number of funerals have been performed in the city. Weather maps of the Czech Republic-based Windy.com showed that sulfur dioxide levels in Wuhan reached 1350 micrograms per cubic meter in just one week. In comparison, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization, it should not exceed 500 micrograms per cubic meter more than 10 minutes. According to the map, the level of SO2 has come down but in Wuhan and Chongqing it is much higher than in China. In some parts of Wuhan, it reached over 500 on Monday. Scientists say that burning corpses remove So2 as well as other pollutants, including nitrogen oxides.
According to the American Environmental Protection Organization, the burning of medical waste can also result in the emission of SO2. However, it is not yet known how the Coronavirus is associated with SO2 in any way. The emission of this colourless gas occurs during the burning of fossil fuels and other chemical processes.