10 Shocking Ways the Government Shutdown Puts us in Danger

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It's Day 4 of the government shutdown – which means Day 4 of your life being more dangerous than it was in September…

You see, besides the effects of 800,000 workers being furloughed, the government shutdown affects the general public in ways most of us don't realize.

Some are downright scary.

Here are 10 you should know now:

How the Government Shutdown Endangers Your Life

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is just sick over the government closure. The CDC has sent home workers who study and track disease outbreaks and other health risks. "I usually don't lose sleep despite the threats that we face, but I am losing sleep because we don't know if we'll be able to find and stop things that might kill people," CDC director Tom Frieden told CBS News.
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) must now turn away patients for clinical trials. With nearly three-quarters of the NIH staff furloughed, some 200 patients (including about 30 children, most of whom are cancer patients) who otherwise would be admitted weekly to the NIH Clinical Center will not be admitted.
  • The Food and Drug Administration has suspended most routine safety inspections, and federal occupational safety and health inspectors have ceased workplace inspections – except in cases of imminent danger.

Funds that would have fed millions of starving infants are now gone. But that's not the worst effect of the shutdown.

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