The Current

The Current for Feb. 9, 2021

Today on The Current: COVID-19’s impact on routine breast cancer screening; vaccine concerns in South Africa; and why humans may not be designed for exercise on a treadmill.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Fewer women are going for mammograms because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that has experts worried about the long-term implications. Matt Galloway speaks with Toronto resident Anna Maria Perricone, who waited several months to get a routine mammogram during the pandemic. Then, we hear from Dr. Jean Seely, radiology professor at the University of Ottawa and head of the breast imaging section at the Ottawa Hospital, and Dr. Aisha Lofters, a physician with the Women's College Hospital in Toronto. They tell us how the drop in screenings could increase the risk of death among women.

And South Africa is facing another hurdle in its fight against COVID-19 after a new study suggested the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is largely ineffective against the dominant variant spreading in that country. Dr. Rinesh Chetty, who works on the front lines of the pandemic in Durban, South Africa, weighs in on the findings. And Dr. Gerald Evans, an infectious disease specialist at Queen's University and the Kingston Health Sciences Centre, tells us what it means for Canada's vaccination efforts.

Plus, did you set a new year's resolution to exercise more? If you're in a slump already, you probably don't need to feel too guilty. According to evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman, it's human nature to want to stay on the couch and take it easy. His new book is Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do is Healthy and Rewarding.

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