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The Current for April 7, 2020

Today on The Current: COVID-19 risk to apes; Romeo Dallaire; Pandemic puts other patients in limbo; Cutting your own hair

Experts say kids may need help expressing their feelings about the pandemic

As children are isolated from friends and supports, they’ll need help understanding and dealing with their feelings about the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say. But some children don’t know how to express themselves and others hide their pain.

As COVID-19 puts his journey on hold, globe-trotting writer worries pandemic will hit developing world hard

Former war correspondent Paul Salopek is tracing the migration path of human ancestors for a project he calls his Out of Eden Walk. His journey is on hold because of COVID-19, and the writer says he fears developing countries will be hit hard by the pandemic.

Doomsday preppers expect the worst, but not the kindness we've seen in COVID-19 pandemic, says author

Author Mark O’Connell wrote a book about doomsday preppers and what motivates them — only to find himself reviewing his notes as the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

The Current for April 6, 2020

Today on The Current: COVID-19 death toll projections; Mark O’Connell on doomsday preppers; Helping kids cope; Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk

Canada Pension Plan board president says the retirement fund is safe, despite economic downturn

Mark Machin, president of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, says a recession is on the horizon but the CPP will rebound from the downturn.

'It's a process of discovery': Advice about COVID-19 will change and that's fine, science reporter says

If information and advice around COVID-19 seems to be changing, it doesn't mean scientists and journalists are making mistakes, but rather they're figuring things out, science reporter Deborah Blum says. 

Baby wipes and a bucket: How this truck driver is handling physical distancing on the road

Since physical distancing measures have been introduced on both sides of the border, trucker Steven Kastrantas says it’s been hard to find anywhere to stop for a bite to eat or even use the washroom.

The Current for April 3, 2020

Today on The Current: Non-medical frontline workers; Checking in on the pandemic in Italy; COVID-19 and Indigenous communities; China and case counting; Communicating science during a crisis

'Lapping at our shores': Small and remote hospitals anxiously await a COVID-19 influx

The Current spoke with emergency department doctors in three provinces. While they believe they're prepared for a deluge of cases, they worry about the impact COVID-19 will have on their facilities and staff.

Releasing some prison inmates is key to reducing COVID-19 spread, say advocates

Depopulating prisons is a necessary step to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in correctional facilities and moving into outside communities, advocates and a doctor tell The Current.

Samin Nosrat wants to 'keep you company' with her podcast for pantry cooking

People's ability to go to the supermarket to pick up ingredients is being severely limited amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but a new podcast is hoping to help those in lockdown get creative with the food already in their pantry.
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Conservative leader Andrew Scheer on the Opposition's role during the pandemic

According to the Official Opposition, the Trudeau government has been too slow to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Andrew Scheer talks to host Matt Galloway about his party's role during the pandemic.
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Sex writer Dan Savage shares what love and sex from a safe physical distance can look like

Keeping the spark alive during these trying times can be tough. Sex columnist and writer Dan Savage on what sex and love can look like during — and after — the coronavirus.

The Current for April 2, 2020

Today on The Current: Finance Minister Bill Morneau; Conservative leader Andrew Scheer; Prepping rural hospitals for COVID-19; Depopulating prisons during the pandemic, Love and sex in the time of coronavirus; Samin Nosrat on her new home cooking podcast

Historian Yuval Noah Harari says we can choose what the world looks like when the pandemic is over

Author and historian Yuval Noah Harari speaks with The Current's Matt Galloway about how history will record the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under The Influence host Terry O'Reilly on making a pandemic PSA

People need to be informed during the pandemic, but if a public service announcement strikes the wrong note, audiences tune it out. Terry O’Reilly offers tips on making PSAs that influence action.

What would Jean-Luc Picard do about COVID-19? More than Trump and Boris, says Patrick Stewart

Actor Patrick Stewart discusses how the themes of his show Star Trek: Picard mirror today's political climate and shares how he thinks the famous character would deal with our current world crisis.

Trumpets, window visits and virtual cards: How families are connecting with loved ones in nursing homes

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to isolate older Canadians in care homes from their family members, staff and loved ones across the country are finding ways to keep them connected.

The Current for April 1, 2020

Today on The Current: Should you wear a mask?; Teaching kids remotely; Sir Patrick Stewart; Historian Yuval Noah Harari on pandemics past and present

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

From hospital visits to co-parenting, answers to kids' questions about COVID-19

From how long viruses can live on surfaces to whether the doctor’s office is still a safe place to visit, Dr. Brian Goldman answers COVID-19 questions from kids across Canada.