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.
- The National Highway Travel Safety Association (NHTSA) has stopped announcing new car recalls and won't update safety defect complaints until funding is restored. Posted on NHTSA's website: "Due to a lapse of Federal Government funding, NHTSA is unable to post any new recalls after close of business September 30, 2013."
- Almost all of NASA's operations have been grounded by the government shutdown. Closed is NASA's Earth Object Office, responsible for tracking and reporting asteroids that threatened the planet, like the 150-foot chunk of space rock that barreled near Earth in February, coming closer than the moon. The message posted on NASA's website reads: "Due to the lapse in government funding, this website is not available. We sincerely regret any inconvenience. For information about available government services, visit USA.gov."