He’s 19, Right?

Posted on | April 22, 2020 | Comments Off on He’s 19, Right?

Dear Short Answers:
My son, who is 19 years old, is convinced that he had the coronavirus and is now immune.  He was pretty sick last month but never got tested.  Now, he wants to use his free time to grocery shop for people, volunteer at the local food bank, and generally help out people who need it.  I am so proud of him for wanting to do this but petrified that he is wrong and that he is putting himself in danger if he does this.  How do I talk my child out of doing something so wonderful but dangerous?
Worried Mom

Dear Mom:
The obvious answer to your dilemma is for your son to get a test, no matter how invincible he believes himself to be. Anyone who is in contact with vulnerable populations needs to make certain that their good intentions do no harm. Sadly, this is easier said than done but perhaps your family physician can provide some guidance.

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