The Second Wave Has Arrived

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We have been warned for months that it would arrive this fall, even as cases continued to drop this summer. Now it is impossible to deny: the “second wave” of COVID-19 is here. In the past month, Livingston reported 146 new cases. New Jersey has reported more than 3,000 daily cases for the first time since early May, with Governor Phil Murphy saying two weeks ago that Essex County was the “biggest concern” in the state; on Tuesday, the county recorded the most cases in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The U.S. has now reported 10 million total COVID-19 cases since March, of which nearly 240,000 people have died. Eight months into the pandemic and we are still breaking records.

Therapeutics to treat COVID-19 have improved since those early days, but this is still a deadly and dangerous virus. And while vaccines appear to be progressing, they remain many months away from distribution to the general public. So while we fight back this new wave of infections, we must rely on the knowledge we have gained since spring about how to reduce the risk of infection.



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