Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and Your Health

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CDC’s and ATSDR’s response to the serious public health threat caused by the COVID-19 pandemic includes agency guidance on social distancing—or, limiting gatherings and increasing the physical distance between people—to stop further spread of the coronavirus. In compliance with this guidance, we are rescheduling many of our Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) activities, such as community meetings and clinical office appointments.

We will continue other PFAS activities to address this important public health concern, including preparing for the time when we can safely resume work that requires in-person meetings.

We encourage everyone to do their part by following guidelines and social distancing to stop community spread of the virus.

Please check our website periodically for PFAS updates, and click on COVID-19 to learn more about the virus. If you have questions about ATSDR’s PFAS efforts, please send them to our email inbox at PFAS@cdc.gov and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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Public Health Grand Rounds: PFAS and Protecting Your Health


Presented on November 19, 2019

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PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s. They have been used in non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics, some firefighting foams, and products that resist grease, water, and oil.

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Exposure to PFAS is an important public health concern. CDC/ATSDR is helping our local, territorial, tribal, state, and Federal partners to address increasing concerns.

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Free resources for clinicians and environmental health professionals, including health assessors.

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CDC’s and ATSDR’s mission to protect public health requires that we pause the Pease Study to respond to the serious public health threat from the COVID-19 virus.

FAQ about the Pease Study pause during CDC and ATSDR’s response to COVID-19
If you have questions, please email us: PeaseStudy@cdc.gov.

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CDC/ATSDR awarded seven organizations Multi-site Study grants to look at the relationship between PFAS exposure through drinking water and health outcomes.

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CDC’s and ATSDR’s mission to protect public health requires that we pause PFAS exposure assessments to respond to the serious public health threat from the COVID-19 virus.

If you have questions about ATSDR’s PFAS efforts, please email us: PFAS@cdc.gov and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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Page last reviewed: April 3, 2020