As Shutdown Enters Second Month, Public Health Risks Rise

January 21, 2019

Via: Forbes

The government shutdown is threatening the health of millions of Americans, increasing the risk for harm as the partial closure of key agencies enters its second month, say public health, medical and food safety groups.

Hundreds of organizations representing doctors, hospitals and public health urged the White House and Congress to end the government shutdown in a letter last week to President Donald Trump. As of Monday, the shutdown began its 31st day, adding to worries that food safety for Americans was endangered along with the mounting health needs of 800,000 furloughed government workers.

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