The Current

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

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Today on The Current:

We talk to two health-care workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada. How are they holding up, and is our healthcare system ready for a spike in cases?

Then, we put listener questions to Dr. Allison McGeer of Sinai Health Systems in Toronto, one of the country's leading voices on infectious disease outbreaks.

And writer and political commentator David Frum discusses how U.S. President Donald Trump has handled the evolving pandemic in the U.S. — and what happens if Trump pushes ahead with plans to end social distancing measures in just a few weeks.

Host of q, Tom Power, brings us interviews with singer-songwriter Serena Ryder, musician and actor Alan Doyle, and a tribute to playwright to playwright Terence McNally, who died this week of COVID-19 complications.

Professor Jamie Lloyd-Smith has studied how long COVID-19 can exist on various surfaces, and the different modes of transmission for the virus. He tells us what he found.

Living with substance dependency already has its challenges; problems that are exacerbated by the service closures and isolation that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk to people at the heart of the issue.

Is Facebook doing enough to fight fake news about COVID-19 on its platform? We're putting those concerns to Kevin Chan, Facebook's head of public policy in Canada.

And finally, restaurateur Jenn Agg says the Canadian government needs to do more in supporting people in the food service industry.

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