Taking Action to Prevent Harm

To our friends and supporters,

The Covid-19 pandemic is changing how people behave – because we know the key to saving lives is preventing transmission of the virus. Following guidance and recommendations from the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local health officials, please join us in:

  • Washing our hands frequently with soap and water. The soap itself breaks down the virus, and you don’t need added chemicals to kill it – just rub every hand surface vigorously for at least 20 seconds before rinsing well. When you must be out and about and can’t wash your hands, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used.

  • Cleaning frequently touched surfaces. Again, soap, water, and scrubbing do an excellent job. So do hydrogen peroxide sprayed on surfaces. Use 70% Isopropyl alcohol to wipe down cell phones and other electronics that should not get wet.

  • Practicing social distancing. We are pursuing our work to protect people and the planet from the harms of toxic chemicals by taking advantage of modern technology. Our staff members are primarily working from home, and we use video conferencing to keep up our camaraderie. We use phone calls, email, video conferencing, and social media to influence the policymakers and businesses that can help protect all of us.

Prevention is critical for both acute and chronic disease – there are common-sense actions we should be taking and demanding of both governments and companies to prevent diseases and disorders like cancer, asthma, diabetes, learning and developmental disabilities, infertility, and more. That’s what Clean and Healthy New York was founded to do, and what we’re committed to doing through this pandemic and beyond.

In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be sharing how you can use your power from where you are to ensure New York is a leader on environmental health protections, and that companies hear and respond to the demand for safer, healthier products. We’ll invite you virtually into our homes as we continue this important work. And we’ll offer tips for your family to protect yourselves from Covid-19 and routine background exposures to harmful chemicals. Look for information about how we will be recognizing the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day through creative virtual engagement on April 22nd.

We’re all in this together – even practicing social distancing together.

With much love and gratitude for all you do,

Kathy Curtis and Bobbi Wilding

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