DAY 42 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford
This is DAY 42 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 <<<<>>> As we wrap up the sixth full week of the pandemic, the most pressing and often asked question is WHEN will we begin to return to something that resembles a routine that involves activities outside of our own homes? And even when we are able to open businesses and activities, what will they look like? We’ll get into those questions coming up later in the podcast. With that in mind. The WHO warns any rush to ease virus rules could cause resurgence The World Health Organization said Tuesday that rushing to ease coronavirus restrictions will likely lead to a resurgence of the illness, a warning that comes as governments start rolling out plans to get their economies up and running again. Canada’s top public health official says we have avoided an “explosive outbreak” in this country but Dr. Theresa Tam says this news doesn’t clear the way for a loosening of restrictions. One World Health Organization referred to this coronavirus as the “Wayne Gretzky of viruses” before it turned from epidemic to pandemic. Now the Managing Director of the IMF is quoting the Great One when describing the plan to help the economy recover. Kristalina Geogieva says some member states will have to take exceptional measures. To quote Gretzky: “Skate where the puck is going, not where it’s been.” Italy’s PM will unveil plans to gradually lift pandemic lockdown restrictions by the end of the week. Italy’s economy has been shut down since March 9th. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged people to stay disciplined as some shops reopen for the first time since coronavirus curbs were imposed in late March. US President Donald Trump says he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States. Trump says he need to do it to protect American jobs. Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canada’s plan to provide a $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and non-profits Oil prices hit an 18 year low on Tuesday as the COVID-19 crisis persists. Oil was trading for less than $20 a barrel. Air Canada suspends all remaining U.S. flights effective April 26. Air Canada says travel to the U.S. will resume on May 22, pending any further government restrictions. <<<>>> Major Canadian broadcasters are coming together for star-studded, multi-platform benefit in support of frontline workers fighting COVID-19 across Canada. Bell Media, CBC/Radio-Canada, Corus Entertainment, Groupe V Media, and Rogers Sports & Media have partnered for "Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble," which will air on English and French services on Sunday evening – radio, television and all the various digital platforms.. The event is intende to raise $150 million dollars for Food Banks Canada. It comes one week after we saw the One World – Together at home concert raised $50 million to fight COVID-19. It was an historic event presented by the World Health Organization and Global Citizen. It was a unique live offering…which raises the question of whether this is a sign of things to come in our immediate future. Will we see larges stadium events, big concerts and sporting events? We put that question to Tony Chapman, of Tony Chapman Reactions and host of the podcast Chattert that Matters…and he’s also a board member at Global Citizen. <<<>>> While music might be the healing message and distraction as we cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, live music is of course suffering. I was recently a board member at Orchestra Toronto, Canada’s largest community orchestra and they, like many others, have been forced to cancel their performances. Michael Newnham is the Music Director at Orchestra Toronto… <<<>>> IF YOU HAVE A STORY ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE YOU WANT TO SHARE…send me an email. DAVE@DAVETRAFFORD.COM or connect with me on TWITTER @DaveTrafford. DISCLAIMER: THE VIEWPOINTS EXPRESSED IN THIS PODCAST REPRESENT THE OPINIONS OF THE HOST AND PARTICIPANTS AS OF THE DATE OF PUBLICATION AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE AND BEST PRACTICES BY LEADING MEDICAL AUTHORITIES AS THE INFORMATION SURROUNDING THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING.