COVID-19 and the Coronavirus Pandemic

UCS experts are closely tracking the ongoing outbreak and monitoring attempts by the Trump administration to sideline scientists and public health experts. Photo from the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Laboratories.


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Heatwaves and COVID Mean Higher Home Electricity Bills; What Do We Do About That?

, Senior Energy Analyst

When the COVID-19 outbreak began to spread, states across the country began to institute stay-at-home orders in an effort to help contain the virus and “flatten the curve.” At the same time, advocates in the utility world began to call for moratoriums to electric and gas shut-offs, so that a lack of financial resources would not threaten a family’s ability could shelter in place safely, especially as the economic crisis deepens. Now, utilities want to start collecting on unpaid bills and many state policymakers are thinking of capitulating to utility demands by lifting previously imposed bans on utility shut-offs.

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As Schools Plead for COVID-19 Safety Information, White House Politicizes CDC Guidance

, Lead science and policy analyst

In the latest example of how the Trump administration is monumentally botching the response to a public health emergency, the president called the CDC’s guidance for safely reopening schools too“ tough” and “expensive” and even threatened to cut funding from schools that were planning virtual instruction. In response, CDC head Dr. Robert Redfield suggested that the guidance was indeed “guidance, not requirements” and that it shouldn’t be used to justify keeping schools closed. By restricting what CDC scientists can recommend on how to open schools safely, the Trump administration is heightening the risk to children, their families, and their teachers of contracting a potentially deadly disease. Read more >

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Heat Wave and COVID-19 Clash: Tens of Millions of People at Risk in States Seeing COVID Spikes

, Climate Vulnerability Social Scientist

A major, long-lasting heat wave is spreading through the country over the next week. Many of these states are also in the throes of a dangerous surge in COVID-19 cases. Read more >

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The Trump Administration’s Ban on International Students Hurts Us All

, senior climate scientist

As of this fall, any student (including high school exchange, college, and graduate students) enrolled in a school that decides to go entirely online to keep students and faculty safe will need to leave the country, including students who are already in the U.S. right now. Contact your legislator and tell them to stop the #studentban that will hurt the country’s ability to attract talent, our standing in the world, and people we care about. Read more >

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New UCS Analysis: How to Protect Democracy and Public Health During 2020 Election

, Kendall Science Fellow

While the COVID-19 pandemic may have kept us from celebrating Independence Day as we should, we still have time to protect the foundation of our democracy: voting. Read more >

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