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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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City Governments Unprepared to Deal With Growing Extreme Heat

City Governments Unprepared to Deal With Growing Extreme Heat

The Center for Public Integrity explained in their recent investigation that yearly heat-related deaths have more than doubled in Arizona in the last decade to 283. Across the country, heat caused at least 10,000 deaths between 1999 and 2016 — more than hurricanes, tornadoes or floods in most years. What’s more is that scientists link […]

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National Parks To Re-Open in Stages Starting This Week Despite Concerns

National Parks To Re-Open in Stages Starting This Week Despite Concerns

The National Park Service announced late last week that they would allow some parks to increase access and services in phases on a case by case basis (similar to their closure).  They said they would be “following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities,” […]

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Native American Communities Struggle to Deal With Increasing COVID-19 Cases

Native American Communities Struggle to Deal With Increasing COVID-19 Cases

Tribes all over the country are observing “Stay at Home” orders as the number of cases increases in Native American communities.  But the resources they have are woefully inadequate, with a total of only 71 ventilators and 33 ICU beds at the 24 hospitals the Indian Health Service (IHS) operates across the country, according to […]

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Waiting for Warmer Weather Is NOT an Adequate Response To Coronavirus

Waiting for Warmer Weather Is NOT an Adequate Response To Coronavirus

The spread of coronavirus or COVID-19 in the U.S. is increasingly being predicted by medical and public health experts, but the advent of warmer weather cannot be counted on the stem the virus’ spread, as has been claimed by the President and some of his followers.  Experts in the medical community and at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have been clear that there is no clear consensus on what will happen once spring arrives, but it is not expected to entirely halt the virus, and in fact, studies have shown that in the humid tropics, similar viruses like the common flu can thrive at any time of the year.

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