Since its outbreak, the effects of the coronavirus COVID-19 have been felt in countries across the world. With more than 124,000 confirmed cases and more than 4,600 deaths, this epidemic has put public health systems and emergency services under immense pressure. Demand for medical supplies and protective equipment has surged and many people have been quarantined due to suspected contamination. The ramifications of this epidemic will be wide-ranging and enduring. We must work to fully understand them in the near-term in order to address potential challenges in the long-term. In this way, we can ensure that recovery from this crisis is sustainable and that in its aftermath, no one is left behind. Therefore, beyond the immediate emergency response, it is crucial to address the socio-economic impact of the crisis and focus on protecting vulnerable communities in the most affected areas. The pandemic is forcing many to experiment with different ways of doing things. Substituting remote and online work for commuting and travel, for example, reduces fossil fuel emissions. Some of these changes could have meaningful environmental benefits that could, in turn, benefit human health. Could the virus serve as a reset button on emissions from our cars and industries? Perhaps. If governments use this opportunity to re-stimulate the economy with green, renewable energy investments and jobs, one lasting impact of the coronavirus could be a cleaner planet. Due to reduced industry activity and cut backs on non-essential travel, New York is reporting a notable decrease in carbon dioxide, methane and carbon monoxide emissions. The estimated drop in atmospheric carbon dioxide in the city is between five and ten percent. Air pollution is also falling. Areas such as China and Italy, where COVID-19 impacts have halted daily life, are experiencing much lower air pollution levels. This is beneficial as the virus impacts those with respiratory issues more severely. Disclaimer : Views are short opinion pieces by the author to encourage the exchange of ideas on current issues. He may not necessarily represent the official views of Urbanice Malaysia. All errors remain the author’s own. This view was prepared by Azmizam Abdul Rashid, researcher from Urbanice Malaysia. Author’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org . Attribution – Please cite the work as follows: Azmizam Abdul Rashid. 2020. Covid-19 : Hit The Reset Button. Translations – If you create a translation of this work, please add the following disclaimer along with the attribution: This translation was not created and should not be considered an official Urbanice Malaysia and shall not be liable for any content or error in this translation.