This is DAY 38 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know on Friday, April 17, 2020 <<<<>>> The big question for most of us is WHEN will we see the pandemic restrictions eased? When will you be back to work? When will the kids be back to school? When will we be able to get together for beverages after work? As we told you in yesterday’s episode, US President Donald Trump laid out his plan and guidelines to re-open the economy south of the border. He even mused about easing restrictions at the Canada-US border. Today, it was announced that Washington and Ottawa have agreed the border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another 30 days. Here at home, cities, provinces and the federal government admit, they’re working on modelling and plans on how and when best to begin easing restrictions… But the universal comment by public health authorities and political leaders is TESTING will be the key that unlocks our businesses, communities and schools. Dan Riskin is CTV’s Senior Science Correspondent – joins us… <<<>>> Transitioning away from the pandemic restrictions will have to balance the health issues with the need to jump start the economy. The real worry though is that battery under the hood may be dead or close to dead, when we consider that more than a million Canadians lost jobs in March and that number may be worse in April. Tony Chapman, of Tony Chapman Reactions and host of the podcast Chatter That Matters, says these are historic numbers…that only rival the unemployment we saw during the Great Depression of the 20th century. 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.