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Dr. Stephanie Silvera Comments on How to Avoid a Second Coronavirus Wave

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There are some predictions of a second coronavirus wave in New Jersey in the fall. This surge could hit sometime over the next few months, as the weather turns chilly and right in the thick of cold and flu season. New Jerseyans continue to practice social distancing, avoid large social gatherings, wear masks, use hand sanitizer, and a return to normal life would be appreciated.

Dr. Stephanie Silvera, Professor in the Public Health Department, commented: “So much of this is going to be dependent on how we as individuals and as a collective society behave moving forward. If we can get near universal masking and compliant mask wearing, I think we can potentially avoid a significant second peak.”

She added, “If we want to keep things open, we really need to focus on those behaviours and then creating systems and policies that support those behaviors and make them feasible. If we can keep the numbers low enough so that community spread is minimal, we can maintain some sense of a normal life.”