The Current

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
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

We discuss calls for the federal government to release projections of how bad the COVID-19 pandemic could get. How might projections affect public behaviour and compliance with measures to slow the spread?

Then, how are different countries dealing with the virus? We're comparing strategies in India, Sweden and South Korea.

And amid the pandemic, some businesses are shifting their production to find ways to contribute, such as distilleries pumping out hand sanitizer, or clothing companies making hospital smocks. We talk to companies involved in business-not-as-usual.


Author Mark O'Connell has met doomsday preppers all over the world; what did they teach him about the end of the world?

Plus, your 3-year-old may be feeling anxious, but unable to tell you about it. We talk to a researcher who specializes in disaster resiliency about how to recognize a kid in trouble, and how to help. 

Then we talk to Paul Salopek, who seven years ago started walking the human migration trail from Ethiopia to South America. He joins us from Myanmar, where COVID-19 has put his Out of Eden Walk on pause.

And finally, Tom Power brings us the latest from q, including an interview with singer Martha Wainwright. 


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