The Current

The Current for May 5, 2020

Today on The Current: Criticism of China’s early handling of COVID-19; Using human sewage to trace the virus; Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante on urban recovery; André Picard on getting outside; Arrival of the ‘murder hornets’; Dogs sniffing out COVID-19; Outbreaks in Congo; B.C. tree planters and fear of pandemic spread
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

We discuss growing criticism of China's handling of the early days of COVID-19, and the calls for greater transparency about the origins of the virus.

Then, scientists are turning to human sewage to get a sense of how the virus spreads, and where it might be. We hear about how what we call waste is actually full of valuable data.

Plus, Mayor of Montreal Valérie Plante is the only Canadian appointed to an international task force to help cities recover from the pandemic. She discusses what cities need, and what needs to change.

And health reporter André Picard argues that it's time for public health advice to change, and tell Canadians to get outside as long as they don't congregate.

You know what this year didn't need? Giant wasps known as murder hornets. We talk to an entomologist about their arrival in Canada, the risk they pose — and the time he was stung by one.

Plus, dogs have been used to detect diseases like malaria. Can they be trained to sniff out COVID-19 in humans?

Then, World Vision's Ann-Marie Connor brings us an update from the front lines of Ebola and COVID-19 outbreaks in Congo.

And finally, how can B.C. tree planters work safely during the pandemic? We hear concerns about bringing the virus to remote communities, and ask B.C.'s forests minister Doug Donaldson about measures to protect workers and the people they interact with.