LOS ANGELES - In this week's In Depth Hal Eisner discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic affects health insurance, agriculture, and work at home hackers.
SEGMENT A: Pandemic and Insurance
Dr. J. Mario Molina, a health advocate, discusses the fate of people who lose their health insurance because they are unemployed and can't afford to replace it. Molina discusses Cobra plans, Covered California and Medi-Cal.
He says that Medi-Cal is actually one of the most comprehensive healthcare programs. He also says that more people are eligible for Medi-Cal than generally believe they are. Dr. Molina also says that the controversy over the expected price of Covid-19 drug Remdisivir is a problem he's dealt with before. He says he's wrangled with Gilead over similar drugs in the past.
SEGMENT B: Pandemic and Agriculture
Ken Melban of the California Avocado Commission talks to Hal about how COVID-19 and the pandemic put a damper on a reviving avocado season with a projected $370 million dollar crop.
When restaurants shut down, the market dropped significantly, but that there was enough retail demand to make up for the restaurant losses. He says the industry is very resilient. He says the commission also sent out information to industry members as to how they could protect workers from the virus, and he believes they are all taking steps to do that.
SEGMENT C: Work from Home Hackers
Cybersecurity Expert Rob Davis of Critical Start talks to Hal about the ways that hackers are taking advantage of the "work from home" efforts. He says that most home workplaces are much less secure than businesses, and that allows opportunities for cybercriminals to strike.
Davis says most hack attacks are now coming from overseas, as it makes it more difficult to find and prosecute them. He discusses the ways that hackers can gain an advantage over home workers, including phishing letters, intended to steal your credentials or install malware on your computer. He says the best protection against these attacks is to enable two-factor authentication on all your vulnerable websites.
Davis says that zoom has updated its software and if people enable the protections in it that "zoom bombing" will be prevented and that it is much less prevalent these days.
SEGMENT D: Wrap Up
Hal pitches his podcast. We close with the dancers from "Cats" doing a tribute to the show's choreographer by dancing from home in a cleverly edited piece.