COVID-19 Educational Project

Consumer Action has created this page to offer information for consumers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fact Sheets

Establishing or replenishing emergency savings

Establishing or replenishing emergency savings

Many consumers went into the COVID-19 crisis with little or no savings, while others depleted theirs trying to stay afloat after losing their jobs. This guide covers the purpose of, and target balance for, an emergency fund, what to consider when…
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Telemedicine: What to know about virtual doctor visits

Telemedicine: What to know about virtual doctor visits

The pandemic has driven non-urgent doctor visits online to help suppress the spread of COVID-19. As more people receive medical care remotely, via a smartphone, tablet or computer, it's important to understand when and how virtual visits might be an…
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Making a job or career transition

Making a job or career transition

The coronavirus pandemic has put millions of Americans out of work, with many others reevaluating their job and career choices in light of how different industries are faring. This guide will help workers identify job opportunities, weigh their education and training…
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ESTATE PLANNING: CRITICAL DECISIONS FOR UNCERTAIN TIMES

ESTATE PLANNING: CRITICAL DECISIONS FOR UNCERTAIN TIMES

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven home the wisdom of making critical end-of-life decisions before a crisis strikes. This publication outlines the key estate planning decisions everyone should make now, explains which documents and tools help ensure that your wishes are carried…
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FAIR HOUSING RIGHTS FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE PANDEMIC

FAIR HOUSING RIGHTS FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE PANDEMIC

The federal Fair Housing Act protects rental housing applicants, tenants, homeowners, and prospective homebuyers from various forms of discrimination. This publication explains how these same rights may protect you from discrimination related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the steps to take…
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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

Millions of undocumented workers are ineligible for the federal economic aid available to U.S. citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. This publication provides tips and resources for finding state, local, and private financial assistance programs that are designed specifically for undocumented…
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Webinars

Q&As about the CDC order to halt evictions

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has ordered an unprecedented national moratorium on residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The order is effective Sept. 4-Dec. 31, 2020. What does the CDC order mean for consumers? Who does it…

Domestic violence and financial abuse during COVID-19

We can add yet another public health crisis to the toll of COVID-19: domestic violence. Can you recognize the signs of an abusive relationship? Consumer Action's webinar is led by attorney Maclen Stanley, who specializes in pursuing claims of sexual assault,…

Tracking COVID-19's Economic Devastation (Webinar)

Millions of workers across the country have lost their jobs and have been devastated by the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In the first months of the pandemic, many unemployed workers relied on unemployment income while waiting for their…

Estate Planning for Healthcare, Finances and More During a Pandemic (Webinar)

The COVID-19 crisis has brought a keen awareness of our own mortality. Regardless of your age or health status, the pandemic has highlighted the importance of estate planning. Now is the time to make sure you have clearly documented your wishes…

Fair Housing in the COVID 19 Era (Webinar)

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread throughout our communities and reshape the way we live, it will have a substantial impact on rental housing across America. Whether or not they ever become infected with the coronavirus, vulnerable communities, including low-income…

COVID-19 Scams and Healthcare Fraud (Webinar)

Scammers are expert at shifting tactics to catch consumers off guard and, like other disasters, COVID-19 has given them opportunity. Scammers are using phone, text, mail, email and fraudulent websites to tout everything from fake COVID-19 test kits to miracle cures.…

Specialty Consumer Reports

As individuals and families take steps to recover financially from the economic distress of the pandemic, it will be crucial for consumers to regularly check their credit reports and scores as they negotiate late and partial payments with their creditors, and…