Here’s How the World in Cars is Dealing with the Coronavirus

If pictures sometimes say a thousand words, images captured on streets throughout the world during the coronavirus pandemic reveal profound changes. Some photos are strange, many are sad, and several are innovative–revealing how quickly people find solutions when presented with challenges. From an automotive perspective, see how COVID-19 has affected life as we know it in the United States and around the world.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2020/03/22: Nearly empty of cars and pedestrians at 42nd Street in Manhattan due to the pandemic COVID-19. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – MARCH 20: Aerial view of a surplus of rental cars at the Rental Car Center at San Diego International Airport on March 20, 2020, in San Diego, California. Tourism in San Diego has slowed dramatically due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – MARCH 23: A family prepares to watch a movie from their car at a drive-in theater as South Koreans take measures to protect themselves against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 23, 2020, in the Seongdong district of Seoul, South Korea. South Korea has called for expanded public participation in social distancing for the next two weeks, as the country witnessed a wave of community spread and imported infections leading to a resurgence in new cases of COVID-19. According to the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, 64 new cases were reported. The total number of infections in the nation tallies at 8,961. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
FORT WILLIAM, SCOTLAND – MARCH 22: A sign at Aonach Mor car park as members of the public are asked to stop traveling to the Scottish Highlands in a bid to avoid spreading the coronavirus on March 22, 2020, in Fort William, Scotland. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread to at least 188 countries, claiming over 13,000 lives and infecting more than 300,000 people. There have now been 5,018 diagnosed cases in the UK and 233 deaths. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Father Scott Holmer hears confessions in the parking lot of Saint Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Bowie, Maryland on March 20, 2020. – The pastor of the church began hearing confessions from the faithful in their cars at the church parking lot as places of worship in the area are suspending or limiting services due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
ACEH, INDONESIA – MARCH 23 2020: Indonesian police are seen spraying disinfectant liquid at the public area using water cannon cars as an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Lhokseumawe, on March 23, 2020, Aceh, Indonesia. According to the latest report, on March 23, Indonesia confirmed 579 cases of COVID-19, with 49 deaths and 30 declared cured.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Fachrul Reza / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Fachrul Reza/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT – This photo was taken on March 23, 2020, shows employees eating during lunch break at an auto plant of Dongfeng Honda in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province. – People in central China, where the COVID-19 coronavirus was first detected, are now allowed to go back to work and public transport has restarted, as some normality slowly returns after a two-month lockdown. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)
WEST KIRBY, ENGLAND – MARCH 23: A car for sale parked near the River Dee at West Kirby offering free toilet paper to whoever buys it on the Wirral on March 23, 2020, in West Kirkby, United Kingdom. Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to at least 182 countries, claiming over 10,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
BOLOGNA, ITALY – MARCH 21: Swab controls made by AUSL (Aziende Unità Sanitarie Locali) for people in cars on March 21, 2020, in Bologna, Italy. The Italian government continues to enforce nationwide lockdown measures to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Massimo Cavallari/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL – MARCH 22: A police SUV is parked next to the third street lifeguard stand on March 22, 2020, in Miami Beach, Florida. The city of Miami Beach has closed all parks and beaches due to COVID-19, however, the boardwalk is open for people to exercise. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)
A man cleans and disinfects a taxi car in central Stockholm, Sweden, on March 24, 2020, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19. (Photo by Anders WIKLUND / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by ANDERS WIKLUND/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
An Israeli firefighter sprays disinfectant in the Hayarkon Park’s Rokach blvd parking lot in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on March 20, 2020, as they prepare to turn it into the Israeli Magen David Adom (MDA) national emergency service drive through the complex for COVID-19 testing. – The complex, which will open up in other cities, will allow individuals to arrive at the drive-through with their vehicle and get tested while still sitting in the car, the MDA reported. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
A view of Volvo offices in Gent, Belgium, on March 21, 2020. Volvo suspends car production in Europe and the US, Chinese-owned Swedish automaker Volvo Cars said Friday it would temporarily halt production. Production at the carmaker’s Belgian plant in Ghent was stopped on Tuesday, and three facilities in Sweden as well as the factory in South Carolina, US. Some 25,000 employees would be affected in Sweden, and 6,500 and 1,500 in Belgium and the US respectively. (Photo by Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A member of Jesus’ Church prays on top of a car during a Sunday church service held at Great Marsh Park in Cambridge, Maryland, on March 22, 2020. – Pastor Abraham Lankford, who leads Jesus’ Church secured the site after concerns over the new coronavirus prompted orders from the state government to limit gatherings to less than 10 people. Across the globe, an estimated 900 million people are confined to their homes, according to an AFP tally. The majority are hemmed in by obligatory government lockdown orders while others are under curfew, in quarantine or following advice not to leave their homes. In the US more than a third of the population is adjusting to life in various phases of lockdown. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – MARCH 19: Staff wearing protective masks clean and disinfect a cable car of the public transport system as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bogota, Colombia on March 19, 2020. Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez announced a four-day quarantine drill to test the capacity of the city to self-isolate during the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Lokman Ilhan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)