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Consumers Beware: Some Hand Sanitizer Brands Are Toxic

Consumers Beware: Some Hand Sanitizer Brands Are Toxic

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now has identified fourteen brands of hand sanitizer products on the market that contain methanol, “a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested,” according to the agency

Why This Matters:  After the President suggested that disinfectants might be a good treatment for COVID-19, many worried about the public improperly using household cleaning products to treat themselves.  But there are also manufacturers who peddle dangerous products and we need to be able to trust the government when it says a product should or should not be used in fighting COVID.

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As Governors Rollback Reopening, Confusion Remains

As Governors Rollback Reopening, Confusion Remains

As coronavirus cases are once again surging across the country, it’s evident that our leaders do not have total control of this pandemic. This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s issued a dire warning that daily new cases could surpass 100,000 new infections per day if the outbreak continues on its current trend.  While some states have […]

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Roundup Plaintiffs Negotiate Record Settlement of Thousands of Claims

Roundup Plaintiffs Negotiate Record Settlement of Thousands of Claims

In a massive and highly complex legal settlement covering the majority of the claims against Monsanto, a U.S. company that makes the weedkiller Roundup, its parent, Bayer Corporation, will pay nearly $11B to settle approximately 95,000 claims and set aside $1.25 billion for potential claims from Roundup customers who may develop cancer in the future. 

Why This Matters: This must end the debate about whether Roundup can still be sold to consumers.

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Coronavirus Infections Spike Around the Country, Warnings Ignored

Coronavirus Infections Spike Around the Country, Warnings Ignored

Yesterday, over 36,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported by state health officials. As the Washington Post explained, the number of cases has surpassed the previous single-day record of 34,203 set on April 25. Increased community spread in states like Florida and Texas–whose governors were eager to reopen–show that warnings from public health officials who […]

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FDA Warns 9 Brands of Hand Sanitizer May Be Toxic

FDA Warns 9 Brands of Hand Sanitizer May Be Toxic

The Food and Drug Administration has put out a warning that U.S. consumers should not use any of nine brands of possibly toxic hand sanitizer that may contain methanol, or wood alcohol, a substance that’s potentially dangerous when absorbed through the skin or ingested. As CNN explained, exposure to significant amounts of methanol can result in […]

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Coronavirus Infection Rates Rise in 22 States

Coronavirus Infection Rates Rise in 22 States

Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen cities across the country begin phases of reopening, then just as quickly many pulled back on account of spiking rates of coronavirus infection. Cases have especially risen across the Sun Belt at unprecedented levels, in part because hot weather has forced people together in air-conditioned settings like shopping […]

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