Skip to content Skip to navigation

Around a World That Is Practicing Social Distancing

Around a World That Is Practicing Social Distancing

Factories, national parks, and dense urban areas worldwide feel the effects of COVID-19.


Plush toy rabbits hung out to dry after being disinfected.

Image credits:

Mary-Jo Photography/oisansoft

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 16:30

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- This March, we see how COVID-19 has affected people all around the globe. Facing social distancing, self-isolation, and shortages in medical supplies, these pictures show how everyday people are coping with the pandemic.


A nighttime view of Wuhan as imaged aerially.
NASA’s Earth Observatory captured this aerial view of drastic change in China. These nighttime city lights show us where the residents of Wuhan live, and how. On Jan. 19, 2020 (left), lights in the downtown district shone brightly. Less than a month later (right), the area was much dimmer, signaling the shutdown of public transportation and businesses. (NASA/Joshua Stevens)


Authorized news sources may reproduce our content. Find out more about how that works. © American Institute of Physics

Author Bio & Story Archive

Abigail Malate is a graphic designer at the American Institute of Physics, which produces the editorially independent news service Inside Science.