New Jersey Enforces Public Health Measures As State Ranks Among Highest With COVID-19 Deaths

James Goydos, M.D.
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Throughout the pandemic, the world has seen many approaches undertaken to help contain the pandemic. Some of the earliest measures to help slow the spread have their roots in history, such as those taken to fight the Black Death. Concepts such as social distancing and quarantine were commonplace during this time, despite a lack of sophisticated understanding of viruses in Medieval times.

Other public health measures which helped to reduce infectious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) built upon this knowledge, and led to the formation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States. Public health measures such as vector tracing, disease monitoring, and contact tracing have since been develop by the CDC and have been exported globally, helping to contain infectious disease.

Across the world, countries are taking many of the same approaches to help contain the coronavirus, from enforcing isolation of the infected to requiring masks to help prevent airborne transmission of the virus. The United States in no exception. However, in many cases, we are seeing different mandates from state to state, as well as differences in local mandates.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has required that all childcare workers will be required to be fully vaccinated by November 1, or will be subject to weekly testing for COVID-19. Additionally, as of August 23, all school personnel and state workers in New Jersey are required to be fully vaccinated.

These changes all come during a time when New Jersey ranks as one of the states with the highest rate of deaths attributed to COVID-19. As of October 2021, New Jersey ranks narrowly behind Mississippi.

Despite continual mutations of the virus and an increase in infection rates in many parts of the world, there seems to be a potential light at the end of the tunnel. Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has suggested that the end of the pandemic may be in sight by spring 2022 if the nation follows the proper protocols to help contain COVID-19, including getting vaccinated.

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James Goydos is an expert in skin cancer with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Goydos is a Board Certified Surgeon specializing in Surgical Oncology. Recognized for his leadership in patient care by the Melanoma Research Foundation and The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, James Goydos is a leading expert in his field with over 20 years of experience as a professor, surgeon, and clinical trial leader in the area of cancer research. He is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded investigator. Many of his collaborative laboratory discoveries have been translated into clinical trials for patients with melanoma. James Goydos is the author or co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, review articles, book chapters, and published abstracts. He currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

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