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. 


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

Thursday, May 21, 2020

This week the Department of Agriculture unveiled a pandemic relief initiative that will give farmers $16 billion in direct payments. Just like the Market Facilitation Program, or MFP, which gave $23 billion in subsidies to farmers in response to President Trump’s trade war, most of the money won’t go to small family farmers but to the largest and wealthiest farms, which need the money the least.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

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. 

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Monday, May 18, 2020

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.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Counties with or near meatpacking plants have almost twice the rate of known COVID-19 infections as the national average, according to a geospatial analysis by the Environmental Working Group. 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Depending on the season, an estimated 1 million to 2.7 million workers, mostly undocumented, toil on the nation’s farms. Without farmworkers, the American food system would collapse – and during the coronavirus pandemic, they are especially essential to ensuring that food arrives on grocery shelves.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The following is the statement of Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president of government affairs, on Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue’s May 5 letter on meatpacker expectations.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

President Donald Trump signed an executive order today declaring meat-processing plants essential infrastructure and allowing the Agriculture Department to use the Defense Production Act to force them to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the growing numbers of food and farm workers sickened by the virus, according to a report by Bloomberg News.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

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 t

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Thursday, April 23, 2020

The Trump administration’s plan to spend billions to address the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on agriculture may help industrial-scale produce farms but does little to assist farmworkers threatened by COVID-19, a new EWG analysis shows.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Here is a statement by Scott Faber, senior vice president for the Environmental Working Group, on the $484 billion COVID-19 bill currently under consideration by Congress:

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Monday, April 20, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, farmworkers are risking their lives to feed us. So why are some officials in the Trump administration and some Republicans in Congress trying to cut farmworkers’ pay?

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News and Analysis
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Thursday, April 16, 2020

More than 20 million people grow, harvest, pack, process, transport, serve and sell our food. The food and farm industry rivals the energy and health care sectors in terms of number of jobs.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Coronavirus sufferers in places with dirtier air are far more likely to die than those in areas with cleaner air, according to the first nationwide study of the connection between fossil fuel pollution and deaths from COVID-19.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Monday, April 13, 2020

Congress must make support for the nation’s food and farm system a priority in the next COVID-19 stimulus bill, said Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs at EWG. 

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Monday, April 6, 2020

By now you may have seen the effects of repeated handwashing, and they’re not pretty.

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News and Analysis
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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Actor and environmental advocate Mark Ruffalo applauded House leaders for proposing to spend $75 billion in the next COVID-19 stimulus bill to upgrade our drinking water infrastructure.

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News Release
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

EWG today applauded House leaders for making drinking water pollution a priority for the next COVID stimulus bill.

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