COVID-19

News Release | US PIRG | Consumer Tips, COVID-19

Money for nothing: Paying the same car insurance while driving less during the pandemic

While COVID-19 is causing financial difficulties for tens of millions of Americans, auto insurers nationwide have made tens of billions of dollars in profit because consumers have driven significantly less during the pandemic.

Did your auto insurance company refund you enough for driving less this year?

By | Jacob van Cleef
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

State-by-state analysis shows companies financially benefited from fewer claims but barely compensated customers

Gift cards are a popular holiday purchase, but be careful this year

Gift cards are among the most requested and most purchased holiday presents year after year. But 2020 might be the year to reconsider buying a card from just any company.

COVID-19 could push more stores and restaurants out of business soon

Is your state doing enough COVID-19 testing?

By | Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

U.S. PIRG visited the state health department websites for all 50 states to assess testing requirements and availability of testing sites. 

COVID-19 testing put to the test

By | Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

Testing is an important tool to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, but it's important to know when and how to get tested. 

Number of people living on the streets could triple in the months ahead

By | Jacob van Cleef
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

Eviction moratoriums, unemployment benefits, student loan repayment reprieves are ending, homeless shelters aren't a good option and there's no more relief in sight.

COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments are peddled in new scams

Con-artists always seem to stoop to new lows: Now they’re trying to capitalize on COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccines are expected to be available starting this month for certain groups of Americans, including health care workers and nursing home residents. But if you believe the fake emails, text messages and phone calls currently circulating, you may think you can skip ahead to the top of the vaccination list if you simply provide your personal information or pay a deposit.

Con-artists are preying on people's fear of infection or desperation for money

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