Tenants and landlords say more action from governments needed as rent comes due

As renters say they can’t make rent, a Victoria tenants group tells The Current the B.C. government should suspend rent and mortgage payments. The President of an Ontario landlords organization says new measures are needed so landlords still get paid.

As physical distancing expands amid COVID-19 pandemic, some worry about a social recession

While the word recession is more often associated with economics, neuroscientist James Coan says that a deficit of social connections can be harmful for both mental and physical health.

'Totally irresponsible' to expose yourself to COVID-19 in hopes of immunity, warns immunologist

Immunologist Jeanette Boudreau explains how immunity works, and why it would be irresponsible to try to get COVID-19 in the hopes of developing resistance.

The Current for March 31, 2020

Today on The Current: COVID-19's impact on elder care homes; Coping with isolation; Immunity questions; Rent strike

This author says growing your own 'victory garden' could help to ease the anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic

Looking for something practical to do during the pandemic? Debi Goodwin says there are benefits to growing your own vegetables, like the victory gardens of the Second World War.

Ellen Page expresses frustration with 'absolutely horrifying' environmental racism in N.S.

In a new doc, the Canadian actress takes a searing look at injustices in her home province.

The Current for March 30, 2020

Today on The Current: COVID-19 testing; Kids’ questions about the virus; Victory Gardens; Pandemic leaves charities in crisis

'I'll do anything I can do': Crooner Michael Bublé urges Canadians to take COVID-19 seriously

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Michael Bublé to spread the word about staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday. Now the singer is using social media to encourage physical distancing.

Alone and struggling to breathe, this COVID-19 patient's parents use video calls to keep watch as she sleeps

Manija Raofi is self-isolating at her New York home with COVID-19, as the state struggles under the weight of one-third of America’s cases.

The Current Weekly: How to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic

One of America's first COVID-19 patients, Christy Karras, shares her experience with the disease — and Canadians in the thick of self-isolation offer some tips for coping. Plus, ER doctor James Maskalyk shares how meditation has made him a more compassionate physician, and why he thinks it could help everyone.

Meet the helpers feeding hungry Canadians

The pandemic has left some people struggling to get groceries or a hot meal — but here come the helpers! We talk to food banks and workers who are helping to feed hungry Canadians.

Turning to poetry to cope with the pandemic

Poetry can connect and comfort us in uncertain times, which may explain why all your friends are sharing poems online, says Canadian poet Meaghan Strimas. She shares some of the poems helping her cope.

The Current for March 27, 2020

New York in crisis; Feeding hungry Canadians; Tracking cell phone data to curb COVID-19; Stranded Canadians; China easing restrictions; Poetry in the pandemic; Michael Bublé; Sports historian Johnny Smith.

Health-care workers worry about bringing COVID-19 home to their kids

For two doctors, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic means balancing their duty to care for patients with the duty to protect their children.

Spread of COVID-19 into 'Trump country' could pose problem for president's re-election hopes: David Frum

Writer and political commentator David Frum discusses how U.S. President Donald Trump has handled the evolving pandemic in the U.S. — and what it means for his re-election hopes.

Dr. Allison McGeer answers your questions on COVID-19

We put some of our listeners' questions about COVID-19 to Dr. Allison McGeer, one of the country's leading voices on infectious disease outbreaks.

No, the new coronavirus wasn't created in a lab, scientists say

The idea that SARS CoV-2, the new coronavirus behind the current pandemic, was created in a lab is a favourite among conspiracy theorists. But an international team of researchers has shown it was not genetically engineered.

The Current for March 26, 2020

Today on The Current: Dr. Allison McGeer answers your questions; David Frum on Trump’s response; Substance dependency and the pandemic; Facebook’s Kevin Chan on fake news

CBC Radio's The Current extended to bring you the latest information on COVID-19

In order to provide audiences with the latest information, as well as all the health, travel and human stories connected to COVID-19 that matter to Canadians, CBC is extending The Current with Matt Galloway until noon in most time zones.

Meditation is helping this ER doctor cope with the rising stress of fighting COVID-19

Dr. James Maskalyk — a Toronto ER doctor fresh off the night shift — shares how he uses meditation to cope with the scariest risks that come with his job.

Pandemic fuelling productivity shaming, but 'now might be the time to actually scale down,' says journalist

Shakespeare may have written King Lear while in quarantine, but according to a panel on The Current, one shouldn’t feel pressured to make social distancing productive.

World will survive COVID-19 only if 'swift action' taken to help Africa, UN humanitarian says

Stephen Lewis, the former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, discusses the devastating impact the pandemic could have on the continent.

Canadians need universal basic income to overcome COVID-19 financial crisis, says NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

With the end of the month coming and a lot of rent falling due, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh makes the case for the federal government providing cash payments directly to Canadians in financial distress.

Comedian Maria Bamford finds new ways to perform stand-up from self-isolation

How do you perform stand-up comedy during the COVID-19 pandemic? Maria Bamford joined q’s Tom Power to share a few ideas that have been working for her.

The Current for March 25, 2020

National affairs panel; Securing Canada’s food supply; Stephen Lewis on how COVID-19 could affect Africa; Universal basic income; Productivity shaming; Death of Manu Dibango; Dr. James Maskalyk