The future of work is not in noisy offices, a NY Times survey says. David Sykes wonders if people working from home during lockdown will resist going back to their noisy offices.
Dr. Arline Bronzaft writes the lockdown is allowing us to hear nature. Given that loud urban noise negatively affects our health, its decrease is a good thing in this otherwise anxious time.
The lockdown is providing an opportunity for scientific research, writes Dr. Daniel Fink. The decrease in human activity allows scientist to gain new insights about seismology and marine science.
Are birds singing more loudly? No, says Dr. Daniel Fink. It just seems like they are louder because their birdsong isn’t being drowned out by road traffic and aircraft noise.
Could noise be a risk factor for hypertension? Dr. Daniel Fink looks at a Chinese study that suggests the answer is yes, mirroring U.S. studies also showing a correlation.
Dr. Arline Bronzaft writes that noise complaints in New York City continue, but the source of the complaint has changed.