Smart Talk Wednesday: Questions persist over DOH data reports; how to travel safely during COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything about how we live and work. The impact of the disease is often put into the context of numbers, or data, to illustrate this. The Pennsylvania Department of Health publishes data every day; number of positive tests, deaths, and even recovered.

But numbers without context can be misleading. A Spotlight PA review of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health data found that while there is no evidence of data manipulation, there are certainly DOH practices that have created confusion.

Spotlight PA Reporter Sara Simon joins Smart Talk to share the findings from a review of the ‘death data.’

With summer in full swing and restrictions easing, many people are planning trips and travel.

Craig Haberle, certified travel consultant with Central Penn AAA, appears on Smart Talk to share, for better or worse, what people will experience on the road, in airports and at hotels.

Also, joining Smart Talk is Ashley Ritter, PhD, CRNP, nurse practitioner and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing to explain how travelers can mitigate exposure to the virus and what precautions you should take.

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