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'Everyone Will Get Coronavirus,' NJ Health Commissioner Says

Judy Persichilli
Judy Persichilli Photo Credit: New Jersey State Police

Everyone will get coronavirus -- at least, that's what New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli is saying.

And she's no exception.

“I’m definitely going to get it," Persichilli told NJ.com. "We all are. I’m just waiting."

The 71-year-old has long worked behind the scenes but has become a household name in helping other state officials deliver daily COVID-19 briefings.

Particularly, warning those in her age group that they could be most at risk.

Persichilli says she's not worried, though.

She's consulted experts and studied the COVID-19 algorithm. Persichilli expects her case -- and 80 percent of others -- will be mild.

"With social distancing, a term we haven't used very frequently in my career, is the key to stopping this."

Persichilli is ready for it -- and we all should be too, she said.

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