Like all New Jerseyans, on March 21 we came under a lockdown order issued by Gov. Phil Murphy. As biomedical scientists and experts on public health and epidemiology, we appreciate the importance for all communities to follow his directive. Full compliance will slow the growing death rate -- but this will take at least a month and a half. That will give the government and researchers time to take the next steps to control the epidemic. The lockdown will save lives.
In the coming weeks, it will be tempting to start cutting corners on sheltering. But we have to stay “Jersey Strong.” As challenging as it may become, we can’t take our eyes off the prize: overcoming this pandemic together.