: impacts on humanity. Seen as the great villain, the new coronavirus brought to society changes in lifestyle, hygiene and consumption, confinement and new ways of thinking and working as human relationships. This has generated stress on humanity because, in many ways, there is no preparation for these social changes. Exposing the health system to its greatest risk, coping with COVID-19 brought transformations in all areas, many of which had a negative impact. The objective of this study is to analyze the (co) side effects of the pandemic in a general aspect, showing positive and negative effects. However, highlighting marked changes to the environment given the time when the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere received a mandatory reduction as a result of social confinement. The methodological basis used is a systematic literature review, consulted in impact databases by the scientific community. We chose to search the Web of science, Science Direct and PubMed databases. The search keys were: pandemic, COVID-19, new coronavirus, effects of COVID-19. In addition, to analyze the presence of conceptual metaphors, opinion articles published in the world media and published on the web during a pandemic were selected. The choice of texts is based on the theme of the new coronavirus and its impacts. The theoretical bias of Lakoff (1987; 2006) is adopted to explain metaphor on the cognitive plane, as a natural process of the human mind, that is, a way of thinking. This research is characterized in qualitative, bibliographic and analysis of content. The results show that the conceptual metaphors reveal an image of COVID-19 as the “savior” of the environment for having forced man to stop as a need for carbon. It is concluded that the conceptual metaphors, being of a cognitive nature, appear in the form discourse, showing COVID-19 as agents of positive effects on the environment and business for the other areas of society.
Keywords: COVID-19. Pandemic. Conceptual metaphors. Social