How we can work together to address the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented challenge for our country, threatening our health, wellbeing and democracy. Now more than ever, we need to work together to ensure that our government has a coordinated, strategic response 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. Here’s how you help:

  • <h4>COVID-19 National Response Plan</h4><p>We're calling on Congress to put public health first and fund President Biden's COVID-19 response plan. <a href='' style='text-decoration:underline!important;'>Take action.</a></p>
  • <h4>Test More, Save Lives</h4><p>With most states lacking the testing plan and resources needed to suppress the virus and get it under control, we need bold, coordinated and immediate action. <a href='' style='text-decoration:underline!important;'>Take action.</a></p>
  • <h4>Prevent price gouging</h4><p>We need stronger action from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prevent sellers from taking advantage of consumers. <a href='' style='text-decoration:underline!important;'>Take action.</a></p>
  • <h4>Consumer tips & resources</h4><p>We’ve assembled a set of consumer tips and guides, and will add more in the days and weeks to come. <a href='' style='text-decoration:underline!important;'>Learn more.</a></p>
COVID-19 National Response Plan

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve been facing COVID-19 without our most powerful tool — a strong, well funded, centrally coordinated national plan. We’re calling on Congress to move quickly on funding the proposed national plan, so that we can contain the COVID-19 crisis by dramatically increasing vaccinations, expanding testing, and effectively distributing PPE and other supplies.


Together Against Covid

If we ever want to get this virus under control, and get some semblance of our lives back, we have to start doing things differently, and our leaders need to help us make the collective sacrifices it will take to save the lives of our family, friends, neighbors and fellow citizens.



Test More, Save Lives

We need to come together in a bold and immediate way to get more tests to the people that need them.


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.


Stronger action needed to prevent price gouging

Some businesses are still significantly inflating prices for critical supplies. We need stronger action from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prevent sellers from taking advantage of consumers.


Nursing Home Safety During COVID

At any given time, about 1.3 million people with long-term medical issues or short-term rehabilitation needs are residing in the nation’s 15,000 nursing homes. And too many of them are at risk due to dangerous shortages of personal protective equipment and staff, according to ongoing research by U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group, which has been analyzing government data.


Share consumer tips & resources

How do you avoid phishing and other online scams? Can you get a refund for travel expenses? How do you protect your credit? We’ve assembled a set of consumer tips and guides, and will add more in the days to come. 

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