COVID-19

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.

COVID-19 college reopening scorecard

By | Zack Szlezinger
Make Higher Education Affordable Campaign, Associate

Colleges all over the country have decided to open their doors to students, but reopening remains unsafe in nearly all states.

Which retailers require customers to wear face masks?

By | Grace Brombach
Consumer Watchdog Associate

Only four out of 20 major chain stores studied still allow customers to shop without face coverings

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

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.

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

Consumer complaints about COVID-19 fraud pass 200,000

Consumer complaints to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) related to the coronavirus exceeded 200,000 on Thursday, Sept. 17, with a total of more than $140 million in fraud losses. This release summarizes actions by 15 federal agencies to stop fraud related to Covid-19 and offers consumer tips to report fraud and protect themselves against scams.

Six questions to ask before allowing a contractor into your home during the COVID-19 pandemic

A multitude of services, from plumbing repairs to internet installation, have traditionally been done by someone coming into your home. That need has not changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s good that these services are still available, but having a stranger in your home is more worrisome than ever. It’s important that these services be done safely, so here are six questions to ask a business before scheduling a contractor.

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

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