Rouda Leads Letter Requesting Examination of COVID-19 and PFAS Relationship | Representative Harley Rouda

Rouda Leads Letter Requesting Examination of COVID-19 and PFAS Relationship

July 29, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48), along with Representatives Dingell (MI-12), Kildee (MI-05), Dean (PA-04), Pappas (NH-01), and Luria (VA-02), sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expressing concerns and urging action to better understand the relationship between COVID-19 and exposure to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

"We know that PFAS exposure, which weakens immune systems, causes diseases like cancer, and is reported to reduce antibody responses to vaccines, could create the perfect COVID-19 storm in communities across the United States," said Rouda. "The relationship between COVID-19 and PFAS exposure must be thoroughly examined to ensure that individuals impacted by PFAS contamination can take necessary precautions guided by scientific evidence."

“We know these forever chemicals are building up in the blood of every American and have been linked to serious health problems, including harm to the immune system,” said Dingell. “This is seriously problematic as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and cases are on the rise. I thank Chairman Rouda for leading this effort to further our understanding of PFAS on public health, especially during this difficult time.”

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