The Current

The Current for May 25, 2020

Today on The Current: WHO special advisor Peter A. Singer on agency’s pandemic response, Reopening Italy, Kids write about lockdown, and end of life planning spurred by COVID-19.

Today on The Current:

As COVID-19 spread around the world, so did questions about whether the World Health Organization could have done more to contain it, as well as accusations from U.S. President Donald Trump that the organization was under undue influence from China. Guest host Rosemary Barton puts those questions to Peter A. Singer, special adviser to the director general of the WHO.

Then, Italy eased lockdown almost three weeks ago, and a declining death toll suggests social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing is working. Rome correspondent Megan Williams  brings to the streets of the Eternal City for an update on the end of lockdown measures.

Plus, Jeni Armstrong created the website The Kids Write because she wanted to give children a place to describe their experiences during COVID. Now kids from around the world are contributing — and we hear one of their stories.

And finally, it's not an easy thing to talk about, but the pandemic is spurring more people to discuss their end-of-life plans with their loved ones. We hear how some people are having that conversation.

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