COVID-19

Gift cards are a popular holiday purchase, but be careful this year

Gift cards are among the most requested and most purchased holiday presents year after year. But 2020 might be the year to reconsider buying a card from just any company.

COVID-19 could push more stores and restaurants out of business soon

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

COVID-19 deaths reach another grim milestone: 300,000

The number of U.S. deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic surpassed 300,000 on Monday, according to NBC News.

Is your state doing enough COVID-19 testing?

By | Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

U.S. PIRG visited the state health department websites for all 50 states to assess testing requirements and availability of testing sites. 

COVID-19 testing put to the test

By | Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

Testing is an important tool to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, but it's important to know when and how to get tested. 

Number of people living on the streets could triple in the months ahead

By | Jacob van Cleef
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

Eviction moratoriums, unemployment benefits, student loan repayment reprieves are ending, homeless shelters aren't a good option and there's no more relief in sight.

More COVID testing is a key to making us safer this winter

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 vaccines, tests and treatments are peddled in new scams

Con-artists always seem to stoop to new lows: Now they’re trying to capitalize on COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccines are expected to be available starting this month for certain groups of Americans, including health care workers and nursing home residents. But if you believe the fake emails, text messages and phone calls currently circulating, you may think you can skip ahead to the top of the vaccination list if you simply provide your personal information or pay a deposit.

Con-artists are preying on people's fear of infection or desperation for money

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