The Current

The Current for March 23, 2020

COVID-19 survivor Christy Karras; Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne; Producing vital hospital equipment; Talking to teens about social distancing; Safety measures for delivery people; Faith leaders on COVID-19; Canadians coping with self isolation.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Christy Karras thinks she got coronavirus from a cocktail party, where no one had symptoms. As one of the first people diagnosed with COVID-19 in the U.S., she talks about the illness, her recovery, and why social distancing measures are vital.

Then, Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne discusses the efforts to bring stranded Canadians home, and announces three flights set to repatriate people stuck in Peru.

We also explore whether ramping up ventilator production is easier said than done, and hear from a nurse who says things like protective masks are being stolen from her hospital. 

Plus, whether it's telling your toddler why they can't use the swings, or telling your 20-something to stay away from friends, we discuss the difficult conversations that COVID-19 is creating for parents and kids alike. 

In Part 2 of The Current's extended programming:

As Canadians stay home, deliveries from the likes of Amazon and Canada Post are way up — but some delivery people say not enough is being done to keep them safe. We discuss their concerns.

Then, many Canadians visit places of worship in times of great difficulty, but what happens when that place is closed indefinitely? We talk to faith leaders about COVID-19, and how it's making them get creative. 

And finally, how are you getting through self isolation? We'll check in with three Canadians who are hunkered down amidst the pandemic.