As we collectively strive to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, policy-makers cannot afford to lose sight of the important global health lessons and needs of persisting threats, like tuberculosis (TB). Like the novel coronavirus, TB is a respiratory infection. It has long been the leading infectious disease killer in the world. In 2018 alone, 1.5 million of the world’s most vulnerable people died from the disease and 10 million became ill. TB is found in all corners of the globe, including in Canada. Our Indigenous peoples and new Canadians are particularly vulnerable. This is because TB is a poverty-related disease that thrives within populations who are largely neglected. For example, food insecurity, poor housing, and systemic discrimination have resulted in Inuit people facing a burden of active TB nearly 300 times the rate of Canadian-born, non-Indigenous people. In the face of this new global health crisis we must draw lessons from the continuing fight to end TB, and we must not forget that now remains the time to end this epidemic as well. Robyn Christine Waite Ottawa, Ont.