Global Statistics

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64,905,071
Confirmed
Updated on December 3, 2020 9:14 am
All countries
44,509,162
Recovered
Updated on December 3, 2020 9:14 am
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1,500,454
Deaths
Updated on December 3, 2020 9:14 am

Global Statistics

All countries
64,905,071
Confirmed
Updated on December 3, 2020 9:14 am
All countries
44,509,162
Recovered
Updated on December 3, 2020 9:14 am
All countries
1,500,454
Deaths
Updated on December 3, 2020 9:14 am

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Life



24 September 2020

By Adam Vaughan

White-crowned sparrow

White-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) singing

Gerry Matthews / Alamy

If you thought birdsong sounded different during lockdown, it turns out you were probably right. The uniquely quiet circumstances of the covid-19 restrictions in San Francisco saw birds respond by lowering their pitch, singing sexier songs and making their songs clearer.

We know some birds react to human noise, particularly the low-frequency city sounds of car engines and air conditioning units, by singing more loudly and shifting to a higher frequency.

“What we didn’t know was if you take sound out, what exactly happens – does it drop by the same …

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