COVID-19

News Release | US PIRG | COVID-19

Health advocates and COVID-19 victims call on Gov. DeSantis to rethink reopening

As the official COVID-19 death count surpassed 210,000 Americans this week, health advocates and Floridians who have lost loved ones to the novel coronavirus  commemorated their memories Thursday as part of a national week of mourning.

On July 22, with COVID-19 cases surging across the country, more than 150 top health care professionals joined U.S. PIRG in sending a letter to the Trump administration, to Congress, and to state governors, telling them it was time to shut back down, start over on coronavirus containment, and do it right this time. Fast-forward to October, with many states seeing a new uptick in cases and deaths — we clearly still have a long way to go in effectively suppressing COVID-19. But PIRG and our health professional partners (now nearly 1,400 strong) have made some good progress in the past few months toward winning better, more health-centered policies as we move into the fall and winter.

Why can I still buy toxic hand sanitizer?

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

The FDA doesn’t have the authority to stop retailers from selling dangerous over-the-counter products such as toxic hand sanitizer. Our safety system is broken, and we need to fix it. 

Tenant protections from eviction and utility cutoffs vary by state

By | Jacob van Cleef
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

The CDC implemented the eviction freeze on Sept. 4 to reduce the number of people on the streets who could get infected with and spread the COVID-19 virus. Landlords and other groups filed lawsuits attempting to strike down the halt on evictions, so the future of the policy remains uncertain.

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

U.S. PIRG promotes national “Week of Mourning”

U.S. PIRG is partnering with Marked by COVID for a national Week of Mourning, October 4th-11th, to mourn those lost to COVID-19 and to call for action to save lives. 

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 make sure that every eligible American voter has the ability to participate in democracy, even during a pandemic. We have called on states to ensure safe elections in November, with emergency expansion of vote by mail, sanitized and socially distant polling places and other measures. This weekly update, which is coming a bit earlier than usual this week, highlights the work we’re doing on the COVID-19 voting front, and other important developments in the news.

COVID-19 college reopening scorecard

By | Zack Szlezinger
Make Higher Education Affordable Campaign, Associate

Colleges all over the country have decided to open their doors to students, but reopening remains unsafe in nearly all states.

Which retailers require customers to wear face masks?

By | Grace Brombach
Consumer Watchdog Associate

Only four out of 20 major chain stores studied still allow customers to shop without face coverings

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