Homes with grandparents and grandchildren under one roof need to be extra careful against COVID-19, doctor explains

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HARLINGEN, Texas — Doctors and medical experts urge families not to break the shelter in place ordinances this Easter weekend.

Grandparents and grandchildren living under the same roof are at a higher risk of catching COVID-19 and other illnesses explained by Dr, Christopher Romero, an Internal Medicine Specialist with Valley Baptist Medical Center.

“To be frank and honest I’m concerned that with the holiday weekend we will see more people getting together, not following those physical distancing recommendations and that may result in more people getting sick in the coming weeks and more people need to get hospitalized.” Said Dr. Romero who has seen COVID-19 patients at VBMC.

COVID-19 transmissions are likely in multi-generational homes where extended families live under one roof and in close proximity.

“The theoretical or hypothetical situation of somebody brings it home and having all the people living in the house with them is a real tinderbox for there being infections to break out in that household,” said Dr. Romero.

Social distancing and increased cleaning of most common touched items in a household greatly reduces the risk of viruses on surfaces.

“The reality is that thousands of people every year die in the united states from influenza. and the same way COVID-19 is spread is the same way flu is spread around,” said Dr. Romero.

Dr. Romero advises families to keep hygiene and social distance while celebrating Easter, “[having] multiple generations around is a beautiful thing… we need to make sure that we protect it as much as possible.”

Click here for the full interview with Dr. Romero,

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