Your daily COVID-19 update: April 7

Welcome to our daily COVID-19 update. We’ll bring you the latest coronavirus news and stories about how Canadians are coping during these scary, uncertain times. 

What’s the government doing? The federal government is staggering applications according to birth month for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Check here to see if it’s your turn to apply. More than 300,000 Canadians applied for the program.  

Yesterday, Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam said that wearing a non-medical mask when you’re out and about can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

What’s happening across Canada? Are you still confused about whether you should wear a mask when you go outside? You’re not alone. Maclean’s Stephen Maher reached out to a number of experts to see what they thought when it came to masks. 

B.C. seems to be flattening the curve, unlike Quebec and Ontario, which are still seeing large growth of confirmed cases. B.C. health officials are cautiously optimistic that the province is doing what it needs to do to make sure its hospitals don’t become overwhelmed, thanks to good timing and luck. 

Nova Scotia reported its first COVID-19-related death Monday. 

All provinces and territories have confirmed cases of COVID-19 now except for Nunavut. The number of confirmed cases in Canada now stands at 16,653 and there have been 323 deaths. 

Lift me up. A doctor in the U.S. shared this video of his performance of Lean On Me by Bill Withers. He recorded this song a couple weeks ago after a shift in the ICU, and decided to post it after he heard Withers had died.

We leave you today with the news that it turns out U.S. President Donald Trump owns a stake in a French company that produces a malaria drug he has been pushing as a treatment for COVID-19. The New York Times reported that Trump has a financial interest in Sanofi, which makes a brand name version of hydroxychloroquine. The drug’s theoretical benefits when it comes to treating the novel coronavirus have not been proven, and yet Trump has persistently advocated for its use. Now we know why.  

Stay safe.