COVID-19 & Your Health
As all Americans struggle to adapt to the new reality of daily life in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, EWG’s mission to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment is more relevant than ever.
During this difficult time, EWG will continue to provide science-based, practical recommendations for consumers so they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families.
We’re here to help you understand food safety, parse cleaning product ingredients, improve the air quality in your home, get a better grasp on public health and environmental regulations and keep an eye on the Trump administration response.
Check out our work on COVID-19, farmworkers and the food system here.
Please consult your doctor if you’re experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19,. This material is for general informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice.
The former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who led the successful effort to stamp out smallpox, has joined EWG in calling on the current CDC director to resign over the government’s disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic.Read More
More than 22 million American households now qualify for federal food assistance, according to the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service – an increase of almost 3.4 million households since last year. From April 2019 through July of this year, that’s an 18 percent increase in the number of households struggling with hunger.Read More
Seven months into the Covid-19 pandemic, most states still have not issued mandatory protections for farmworkers, even as cases continue to rise, according to an updated EWG analysis of state regulationsRead More
Today the House unveiled the HEROES 2.0 Act. Here is a statement from EWG Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Scott FaberRead More
The Covid-19 virus has infected more than 125,000 U.S. farmworkers, according to the latest estimates in an ongoing study by Purdue University.Read More
Attached is a letter EWG President Ken Cook wrote to Dr. Robert Redfield calling on him to resign as the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Read More
Today I wrote to Dr. Robert Redfield calling on him to resign as the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It was not a letter I wrote lightly. But with the events of the past few months, the decision – and the need – to write it could not have been clearer.Read More
Racial disparities, such as lifelong lack of access to health care and nutritious foods, or working at jobs where it’s hard to practice social distancing, profoundly affect how likely people are to get sick – and to what extent – from the coronavirus. Two new studies highlight how children are particularly affected by these disparities when they fall ill from COVID-19.Read More
Every day it seems there’s a new email from school with a change of plans, or news reports about studies of COVID-19, children and schools that are far removed from the reality in the U.S. It’s even unclear what to make of the results in those studies: Reports from Florida, Georgia and other states show in stark relief the risks to children of rushed reopening – and to the adults who work in the schools.Read More
This July Fourth weekend, be responsible and respect local public health ordinances and social distancing guidelines. Whether you’re planning to stay at home to grill in your backyard, or heading to your nearest beach or lake for time outdoors, it’s more important than ever to make your health and safety a priority.Read More
Meat and poultry processing plants are hot spots for COVID-19 outbreaks, constricting the supply chains for beef, chicken and pork – and sending their prices soaring.Read More
As many hair salons remain closed months into the national shutdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, at-home hair dyes are flying off store shelves. But many of these products may contain potentially harmful ingredients.Read More
Being stuck at home for weeks on end stinks. But it’s necessary to flatten the curve of the coronavirus, so let’s make the best of it.
EWG came up with ways to take advantage of this time of self-isolation with little or no contact with other people besides those in your pandemic “pod.” Here are five ideas to consider that can benefit your skin and your overall health.Read More
Click on the pdf above to see a joint letter from EWG, other environmental health organizations and public health institutions calling on Congress to pass vital legislation to ensure that healthy, safe and affordable food is available to all and tRead More
Ignoring his own scientists and public health advocates, Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler refused today to tighten federal standards for soot emitted from auto tailpipes and smokestacks that causes serious respiratory harm.Read More
Congress may soon spend billions to upgrade our aging drinking water infrastructure, which would significantly improve the safety of our drinking water and create tens of thousands of jobs. The following EWG reports and maps detail the health threats posed by chemicals and contaminants in our water and the benefits of new investments.Read More
By now you may have seen the effects of repeated handwashing, and they’re not pretty.Read More