Working together to address the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a challenge for our country, threatening our health, wellbeing and democracy. We need to work together to safeguard the public’s health, protect consumers from emerging dangers and ensure people can still participate fully in our democracy.

U.S. PIRG has assembled a COVID-19 response team of policy experts, state advocates, organizers and researchers. And we are coordinating the efforts of the PIRGs around the country through our national lobbying office (U.S. PIRG). If we all pull together, we can find concrete ways to protect public health, consumers and our democracy. 

  • <h4>Open Safely, Save Lives</h4><p>Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19 have all plummeted since mass distribution and administration of the vaccines began.</p>
  • <h4>Consumer tips & resources</h4><p>We assembled a set of consumer tips and guides. <a href='https://uspirg.org/feature/usp/consumer-tips' style='text-decoration:underline!important;'>Learn more.</a></p>
  • <h4>Medical Right to Repair</h4><p>We worked to pass a Medical Right to Repair bill to end hospital repair restrictions.</p>
  • <h4>Nursing Home Safety</h4><p>Nursing homes were the early hotspot for COVID-19 outbreaks because shortages of staffing and supplies existed before the pandemic.</p>
Open Safely, Save Lives

We have all the tools we need to get this virus under control across the country. That's why we're working to make sure our leaders implement proven strategies to protect public health, including widespread vaccination against COVID-19. 


Consumer tips & resources

How to avoid phishing and other online scams? How do you get a refund for that canceled airline flight? How do you protect your credit rating? We've compiled various helpful guides and lists of tips to help consumers.


Let hospitals fix their equipment

If a trained hospital technician can repair a lifesaving piece of medical equipment, such as a ventilator, they should be allowed to do so -- especially during a global pandemic. But manufacturers often restrict access to service information for the devices they make, making it unnecessarily difficult for hospitals to maintain their own equipment. We're working to pass a Medical Right to Repair bill to end hospital repair restrictions.


Nursing Home Safety During COVID

Nursing homes were the early hotspot for COVID-19 outbreaks because shortages of staffing and supplies existed before the pandemic. Those problems still remain now and will threaten nursing homes again when the next crisis hits. 


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