Blog Posts By:

Matt Wellington,
Director, Public Health Campaigns

As winter arrives and COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the country, most states are not hitting the testing targets that would allow us to “suppress” the virus, meaning catch isolated cases before they turn into clusters and then outbreaks. And, rather than centrally coordinating a comprehensive ramp-up of testing for all states, the federal government has mostly left states in the lurch on testing infrastructure. That’s why PIRG has launched a campaign calling on governors across the country to commit to hitting a testing target that will keep us safer in the coming months.

COVID-19 is raging across the country, and experts warn that without swift action, tens of thousands of people will die. 

Public Health Campaigns Director Matt Wellington and Dr. Syra Madad detail how people can safely gather this holiday season in the era of COVID-19.

Maine's COVID-19 response sets an example for other states.

There's been some progress since U.S. PIRG and health experts across the country called on decision makers to shut down, start over, and do it right to contain COVID-19, but it's far too early to celebrate. 

In the spring, we shut down our lives and our economy in hopes of reducing the spread of COVID-19 enough to be able to manage it through widespread testing and contact tracing. In spite of that shutdown, today the virus is raging virtually uncontrolled. We didn’t stick with it until the job was done.

Few people living today remember what it was like to live through a world war, but that’s what we’re in, and we’re going to have to sacrifice if we want to save ourselves and each other. Just as the greatest generation did, we need to step up to what history has delivered.

Health professionals still don't have adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep themselves safe while they save lives. That's why we're calling for central, transparent coordination of the medical supply chain during the COVID-19 crisis. 

The emergence and spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic is a symptom of how we raise food animals across the world. 

Without adequate testing for the novel coronavirus, health professionals are in the dark. We are calling on Adm. Brett Giroir, who is the Assistant Secretary for Health and the federal point person for COVID-19 testing response, to immediately adopt and follow through on a plan to make sure that everyone who needs a test, gets a test.