SOMERSET, NJ - It is overwhelmingly clear to me that we are into the community spread phase of the pandemic in NJ and Franklin. We are getting more and more people infected without a known source. That means seemingly uninfected people are spreading it.

I cannot emphasize this strongly enough. I am asking everyone to stay at home as much as possible.
Work at home if you can. When you are off work it is not vacation time to meet with your friends.  You can go for walks in the park etc. if you maintain social distancing and respiratory etiquette. Don’t put others in danger if you are sick.

It is spread to you by oral droplets from someone or touching surfaces then touching your face. You spread it by oral droplets to others or by touching your face and then touching a surface. So, KEEP 6 FEET APART, DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE AND WASH YOUR HANDS.

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The best way to protect yourself and your family from this coronavirus and other diseases is to follow simple daily health precautions. DON’T SKIP OVER THIS BECAUSE YOU READ IT BEFORE, READ IT AGAIN:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

People are complaining to me because we have shut down salons and barbershops. I truly am sorry for those businesses. It must be incredibly hard. But there is no way to keep social distancing in these institutions. Not even with gloves and masks.  They are non-essential.

To young people. You are not invincible, and a cavalier attitude puts the rest of us in danger. All the rules apply to you. According to the CDC 12% of those admitted to the ICU are adults 20–44 years old.

Stay at home as much as possible and be kind and patient with each other.

I’m so serious about this I’ve joined a letter with Mayor Brad Cohen MD asking the Governor to shut down the state for 2 weeks. We need to make our decisions according to the science.

Phil Kramer
Township of Franklin NJ

About Dr. Phillip D. Kramer, MD

Dr. Phillip D. Kramer is a neurologist in Edison, New Jersey and is affiliated with Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Connecticut School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

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