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McKay Interview - Covid-19 special: Mario Possamai (27 April 2020)

The McKay Interview // WRS// Politics// General // By Mark // April 27, 2020

This is the second in the mini-series, recorded on the 22nd April, and devoted to a broader and fuller understanding of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic which has beset us all for the past few months.

Michael McKay speaks to someone with hard and proven experience in another country that had been affected quite seriously by the SARS epidemic some 17 years ago. Mario Possamai, who, by profession, is a forensic investigator, and author. And was Senior Adviser for 4 years for Occupational Health & Safety and Pandemic Planning on the Canada’s SARS Commission. That was the judicial inquiry into the outbreak of SARS in 2003. It was styled as the first major epidemic of the 21st century and, ominously, a dress rehearsal for the COVID-19 pandemic. Mario was the Commission’s chief investigator into death and illness among health care workers, who comprised about half of all SARS victims in Canada.

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