Apr 4, 2021
Chris and Jonathan discuss Australia’s COVID-19 response with epidemiologist Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz and compare it to Canada’s. Do lockdowns work? Are school closures necessary? Have we learned anything about how to manage a pandemic? The answers often turn out to be, “It depends….”
1:47 Gid in the eye of the European storm
3:45 Australia’s immediate response to COVID-19
5:52 Canada’s jet-lagged mandate to quarantine travellers
8:00 Was Australia lucky?
10:33 The May 2020 outbreak
14:58 Australians do love their laws / Right-wing liberals
20:00 Contact tracing in Quebec and Australia
25:45 The best approach to contain a pandemic
29:25 Did we learn anything?
35:12 Do lockdowns work?
38:30 Do lockdowns cause more benefits or harm?
40:45 Are school closures necessary?
44:55 The problem with the news
* Theme music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl.
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