COVID-19

20 Questions to Ask Your Nursing Home during COVID

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Whether you have a loved one currently in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, or whether you’re shopping for one, you should arm yourself with a list of questions to gauge how safe the environment is. Here’s a guide to those questions, and the answers you should expect.

Protect Healthcare Workers

COVID-19 cases continue to rage across the country, but our healthcare workers don't have enough of the equipment that they need to protect themselves and care for their patients.

According to the American Nurses Association, 45% of its members reported personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages at their facilities in May and 79% were asked to reuse masks.

Together Against COVID

Of all the nations in the world, we’ve had the most deaths from COVID-19. More than 230,000 Americans have died, and the virus is currently spreading out of control in most states across the country.

We can’t go on like this. Unless we start to get our priorities straight, the death toll could approach 400,000 by February — almost the same as the number of Americans killed in World War II.

Report | CoPIRG Foundation | COVID-19

Nursing Home Safety During COVID: PPE Shortages

Thousands of nursing homes nationwide are dealing with horrific shortages of masks, gowns and other items they need to protect residents, workers and the broader community from COVID-19. And seven months into this pandemic, the shortages have actually become much worse.

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, according to an analysis of government data by the CoPIRG Foundation and Frontier Group.

With Election Day coming up, here's a tip guide for what to do before you go to vote, what to take with you and how to stay safe while you’re at your polling place.

News Release | CoPIRG | COVID-19

Triple testing, temporarily close bars and indoor dining, and limit travel to combat COVID

As COVID cases surge and freezing weather approaches, CoPIRG is calling on Colorado to take necessary actions to blunt the spread of the virus. CoPIRG applauds Governor Polis for extending a mask mandate but more aggressive action is needed, including temporarily closing indoor dining and bars, tripling the amount of testing and limiting travel. 

News Release | CoPIRG | COVID-19

“Home Safe for the Holidays” campaign calls for COVID testing to triple in Colorado

At the time of year that many Americans usually start making holiday travel plans, the consumer advocacy group, CoPIRG, is launching the “Home for the Holidays” campaign. The campaign calls on Governor Polis to triple the amount of testing happening to ensure Colorado reaches the testing levels needed to suppress the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) so that people can gather more safely over the upcoming holidays. 

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.

Choosing the best way to pay: Cash, credit cards, debit cards, P2P, checks or online payments

By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

Cash has long been king. That hasn’t changed during the pandemic, despite the push by some merchants to discourage customers from paying with cash.

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