COVID-19

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19

Top healthcare professionals send letter to U.S. leaders saying it’s time to shut back down, start over and do it right

More than 150 health professionals have joined with U.S. PIRG in calling on America’s leaders to shut back down, start over and do it right to deal with the uncontrolled spread of the novel coronavirus in many parts of the United States.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19

Hand sanitizers pose ongoing threat to consumer health

Consumers using hand sanitizer to kill the coronavirus may be unwittingly putting toxic substances on their skin. In the weeks since first discovering the problem, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has found nearly three dozen brands of potentially tainted sanitizer.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19

Statement: Funding for COVID-19 testing, contact tracing is vital to curb the virus

U.S.PIRG Public Health Campaigns Director, Matt Wellington, responded to reports that, despite testing shortages, the Trump Administration is pushing to omit funding for coronavirus ( COVID-19) testing and contact tracing from the Senate COVID-19 relief package.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | COVID-19

Consumer complaints to CFPB set new record each month of COVID-19 pandemic

Each month since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic swept the United States in March, a record number of American consumers have filed complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), according to an analysis released Friday by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund.

Shut down, start over, do it right.

By | Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns

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.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19, Democracy

This week in COVID-19 voting news

U.S. PIRG and its state affiliates are working to ensure that every eligible American voter has the ability to participate in democracy, even during a pandemic. We’re calling on states to start preparing now to ensure safe elections in November, including emergency expansion of vote by mail, sanitized and socially-distant polling places and other measures. This weekly update highlights the work we’re doing on the COVID-19 voting front, and other important developments in the news.

News Release | CoPIRG | COVID-19

Victory: Gov. Polis signs price gouging bill into law

In response to the proliferation of unscrupulous sellers attempting to profit off of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill this week giving the attorney general greater ability to protect Coloradans from price gouging. The law (HB20-1414), sponsored by Reps. Mike Weissman and Brianna Titone and Sens. Mike Foote and Brittany Pettersen, makes it illegal for entities to sell food, fuel, medical supplies or other necessities for an excessive price during a declared emergency. Colorado will join the nearly 40 states that have specific price gouging statutes. 

A simple way to thwart COVID-19 is right in front of our faces

By | Abe Scarr
Illinois PIRG State Director

U.S. PIRG is calling on municipal, state and federal policymakers to mandate face masks in all indoor public spaces, as well as in outdoor locations where it’s hard for people to socially distance six feet apart.

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