Being proactive and demanding can help keep you and your family safe

From mask mandates to capacity limits, the largest public transit systems and ride share companies have new procedures

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

If the COVID-19 pandemic affects your ability to pay, here’s what you need to know

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a whole new situation for college students. This guide outlines items that students should pack when they return to campus.

As parents and students make trips across the country to return to college, you are probably wondering how to do so safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide will outline some of the safer options.

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Shortage of active ingredients for sanitizer could be linked to use of toxic ingredients

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.

Public health experts are starting to draw actionable lessons about the nature of how COVID-19 spreads. In addition to maintaining best practices –physical distancing, mask wearing and hand washing – it’s best to avoid extended, crowded indoor gatherings.

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Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Some people and businesses are feeling intense pressure to resume economic activity, but Maryland’s recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and limited testing and tracing capacity indicates that we are not ready to begin the process of reopening safely as outlined in Governor Hogan’s Roadmap to Recovery. Here, we’ll look at the numbers that explain why. 

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Public health experts have made it abundantly clear that to safely lift stay-at-home rules we must have four key things we don’t yet have. We need fast, accurate and widely available testing. We need a better plan for isolating and supporting people who have COVID-19. We need sufficient hospital capacity, including medical and protective equipment, to treat all patients safely. And we need more contact tracing. This blog explains U.S. PIRG's support for automated warning and contact tracing, subject to appropriate privacy and civil liberties protections, which can provide critical information quickly about who has potentially been exposed.