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.

Monday, August 10, 2020

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.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

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.

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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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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
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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News Release
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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News and Analysis
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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 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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News Release
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Although our daily routines have drastically shifted in the past few weeks, one thing hasn't changed: the need to eat healthfully. Healthy eating is always important, but now there’s an even more crucial reason – supporting our immune system to fend off invading pathogens like the novel coronavirus.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

As the novel coronavirus sweeps across the U.S. and the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 climbs by the hour, the Americans at greatest risk are the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Americans are stocking up on hair dye, according to a new report by NPR. The article lists some of Nielsen's data about what Americans were buying the week ending March 21. Sales for hair dye increased by almost 20 percent from last year.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

You can combat the novel coronavirus effectively while using products that are safe for you and your family.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

With the spread of the novel coronavirus, suddenly you and your family are probably hunkered down indoors for most of the day, while also washing your hands and wiping down surfaces to stave off the spread of the virus in your household.

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Children's Health
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

During this time of the coronavirus crisis, the Environmental Working Group stands firmly in defense of food safety for all Americans. From the day EWG was founded, we have advocated for everyone to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. This message has not changed in our nearly three decades of work. We also advocate for keeping the nation’s food supply safe from microbial contamination and toxic pesticides.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Testing, testing, testing – the novel coronavirus has revealed the critical importance of swift and accurate testing and reporting, something that for decades, the Environmental Working Group has advocated for across multiple areas of public health and the environment.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is prompting lots of concern and questions. Coronaviruses are not new: A majority of them are the cause of most cases of the common cold. But COVID-19 can cause more severe health problems, especially among the elderly and sick.

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