COVID-19 and the Coronavirus Pandemic

UCS experts are closely tracking the ongoing outbreak, working to ensure a science-based response to the pandemic. and monitoring any attempts by federal and state leaders to sideline scientists and public health experts. Photo from the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Laboratories.


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500,000 US COVID-19 Deaths and Counting: A Shameful Public Health Failure

Our nation’s failed response to COVID-19 should long perforate our pomposity about being the greatest nation on earth. Read more >

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Secretary Vilsack is no stranger to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Here, he appears at a hearing on the Farm Bill in February, 2015. USDA photo by Bob Nichols/Flickr

Questions for a Once-and-Future Agriculture Secretary

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

The last time the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) got a new leader, I was decidedly unimpressed. Okay, understatement…I was incensed by a secretary who cared little for science and was fully in the pocket of big agribusinesses (looking at you, Dow). After four years of all that, it’s refreshing to see a new administration listening to scientists and pledging to address the multiple crises we face. At the same time, the hill facing us is steep, and bold actions are needed. Read more >

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4 Ways Tyson Foods Made 2020 Worse

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

As you celebrate the season (safely, please!), consider the source of the protein on your plate and its costs beyond the checkout stand. Because the handful of multinational conglomerates that produce and process industrial pork, beef, and chicken in this country are profiting at the expense of workers, farmers, consumers, and the planet. And in an industry full of terrible actors this terrible year, Tyson is perhaps the most terrible. Read more >

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Having Faith in Science: Why Loving Thy Neighbor Means Refraining from In-Person Worship

As much as the Constitution guarantees religious freedom in the United States, it is hard to imagine a compassionate god approving of freedom that comes with the sacrifice of souls at the altar. Read more >

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7 Common Excuses People Use to Avoid Wearing Masks, and Why Science Says They’re Wrong

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

Seven reasons, mostly based on misinformation about masks, that people often use to explain why they choose not to wear masks, and the science that proves them wrong. Read more >

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