As the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world economy to a standstill, greenhouse gas emissions have plummeted, seeing the biggest drop since World War II and producing striking satellite images of improved air quality in heavily polluted areas like Wuhan, China and Southern California.
Since the imposition of the state's COVID-19 stay-at-home order, social workers have seen an increase in domestic violence calls and referrals from police, as well as growing anxiety from current and recent domestic violence victims.
Amy Shircel says she had luck on her side. Less than a month ago, the 22-year-old senior at UW-Madison had a fever so high she was delirious and felt too weak to walk after contracting COVID-19 while on a spring break trip to Portugal in early March.
Every spring, about 5,000 migrant workers make their way to Wisconsin to work in agriculture. Many come from Texas and Florida and help farmers harvest crops and process food during the peak season from late April through the fall.
Wisconsin is home to nearly 70 state parks and more than 40 state trails — not to mention many county parks, forests and natural areas. Wherever you live in the state, you’re not far from a quiet place to take in nature.
Wisconsinites are taking extraordinary precautions to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, but the number of cases of COVID-19 is still rising — leaving many to wonder what to do if someone in their household tests positive for the disease.
For many, memories of the 2008 Great Recession are still fresh on the mind. As the coronavirus continues to spread and bring much of the economy to a standstill, concerns about the U.S. falling into yet another painful recession are high.
The growing spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin has first responders and health care professionals taking every precaution to prevent spreading the virus. But in rural areas of the state, concerns about supplies and staffing are paramount.