Coronavirus on Smart Talk Monday: Fearing a return to work, lanternfly hunting season, and Alzheimer advocates welcome nursing home scrutiny
May 18, 2020 | 4:16 AM
As two dozen Pennsylvania counties reopen, there are those living with a wide range of preexisting health conditions who are scared they won’t be protected when they go back to work.
With no guarantee that they can continue to collect unemployment if they refuse, this segment of workers face a near-impossible choice: Risk losing their jobs or losing their lives.
Transforming Health Reporter Brett Sholtis reports that the choice is especially risky for those with pre-existing conditions, like heart disease and chronic lung conditions.
Monday to talk about the fear some have going back to work. Smart Talk Sholtis also reports on a letter filed last week by the state’s largest nurses union to the Department of Health with their concerns over PPE rationing. He’ll share that story, as well.
plant-hopping Spotted Lanternfly continues to invade Pennsylvania, spreading westward with few obstacles.
Matt Rourke/AP Photo
This Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, shows a spotted lanternfly at a vineyard in Kutztown, Pa. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)
Agriculture officials appear on
to make an unusual request of the public: Smart Talk while you’re home in quarantine, take some time to go outside and hunt Lanternflies!
Spotted Lanternfly: what to look for
Heather Leach, Penn State Extension Lanternfly office and Shannon Powers, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Spokesperson appear on to talk about what is at stake for Pennsylvania agriculture. Smart Talk
And now that the Pennsylvania Department of Health is looking more closely at coronavirus infections in nursing homes, families and advocates for Alzheimer’s patients urge policymakers to carefully consider this vulnerable group.
to bring attention to nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia are Clay Jacobs, Executive Director Smart Talk Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, along with Jen Ebersole, the organization’s Director of State Government Affairs.