Andrew Dzurisin III

Department of History and Social Sciences

“I think, with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still a lot we don’t know. I think this new variation complicates everything even further for residents of NJ and beyond. No matter what, people still need to wear a mask, practice social distancing and maintain good hygiene habits.”

Albert Joy 

Adjunct professor

“The new COVID-19 variant labeled B117 will affect New Jersey by putting an increased strain on already strained healthcare services.  It is predicted that it will be the dominant strain by March 2021. It will affect New Jersey because the percentage of the population that needs to be vaccinated to reach immunity will have to increase, coupled with the belief that it is more easily transmitted. At the current time, the lethality of B117 has not yet been established.”

Robert J. Gentile Jr. 

Business administration 


“More lives will be inevitably lost. The financial impact from lockdown measures will continue to hurt individuals who have lost their jobs and/or business. I think it's unfortunate. Congress needs to stop gridlock and put out more economic stimulus until the pandemic has been suppressed enough to where all individuals can safely return to work, pay their bills and put food on the table.”

Beatriz Guerra

Department of ESL, Languages and Cultures 

“The vaccines, following the CDC guidelines and having increased awareness, as well as more clear federal directives, will help in our fight against the new variants. The restriction of our liberties is a small price compared with the common good. I have hope for the future, trust in science and a renovated respect for all the people that are helping us go through this, especially our healthcare workers.”


Fasiha Altaf 

Computer science



“According to my knowledge, the new COVID-19 variant will not be that surprising for New Jersey residents. This virus already did its damage by killing thousands of people in New Jersey. If this variant is worse, then I hope our residents will take full precaution, wear a mask; we will fight this together. I do not think that the new variant will affect the way the virus affected us last year, when it was introduced to us. Also, our people have more knowledge now about this virus and its symptoms”


Kunj Patel 

Business administration 

Old Bridge 

Second year

“The new variant of COVID-19,  which was eventually started in [the] United Kingdom, is definitely going to affect the people of New Jersey, but it’s not going to be that bad as COVID-19 was.  Back then we didn’t have vaccines and now almost 837,000 people have received the vaccine. I also think that it’s just going to affect the old people [who] have weak immune systems, and infants because they have underdeveloped immune systems.”

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