COVID-19

COVID-19 tests and vaccines are free to consumers. End of story.

By | Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

Some consumers continue to be billed for COVID tests and vaccines. So let's get the story straight here.

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

Statement: As CDC director says, it’s not time to lift restrictions

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have jumped back upward as several governors across the country are lifting restrictions that curb the spread of the virus.

“We don’t attack those negative messages. We just have to profoundly overwhelm the senses with the positive messages — in addition to showing them the spot on your arm where you got the shot.”

Consumers still at risk for harmful over-the-counter drug products of all types because of soft federal regulations.

Hospital technicians renew urgent call for Right to Repair medical equipment

By | Kevin O'Reilly
Advocate, Right to Repair Campaign

The COVID-19 pandemic still rages, but issues facing medical device repair go unresolved.

Report | US PIRG Education Fund | COVID-19

Nursing home safety during COVID: Staff shortages

For most of last year, more than 200,000 people at any given time were in nursing homes that themselves acknowledged they were suffering from staff shortages.

News Release | US PIRG | COVID-19

Nursing homes still don’t have enough masks, gowns, other PPE

A new analysis by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group found that 8 percent of nursing homes nationwide had a critical shortage of surgical-grade N95 masks, as of Dec. 27. And 4 to 6 percent of homes reported shortages in at least one other category of PPE.

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