How young people can help keep older people safe from COVID-19


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — As more cases of COVID-19 are reported throughout Virginia, officials are continuing to stress the importance of social distancing.

Social distancing is the practice of staying home unless absolutely necessary, limiting contact with others, and maintaining six feet of distance from others.

It’s meant to stop the spread of the virus as much as possible.

A big risk is the possibility for young, generally healthy people to contract and carry the virus without knowing or experiencing symptoms. They can then infect people with weaker immune systems.

Dakota Claytor helps care for his mother, and he is more concerned with her safety than his own.

“My mom has permanent disabilities due to breathing problems,” he said, “and I know that if I get it, it may not be an issue, but if my mom gets it, her doctors are telling her she will probably pass away.”

He is trying to practice social distancing as much as he can.

Health officials also urge everyone to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.


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