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Kids with Down syndrome extremely high risk for COVID-19

Posted at 5:03 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 21:49:33-04

MURRAY, Utah — We often talk about the people who are most susceptible to COVID-19 as those who are elderly or sickly, but as parents picked up their kids from school, FOX 13’s Erin Cox learned of another group that’s just as susceptible.

Sarah Lutkin is an 8-year-old who loves to dance.

“Dance is probably going to be canceled a little bit,” said Jodi Lutkin, Sarah’s mom.

Sarah also has Down syndrome.

“For Sarah, if she gets sick, she get’s sick pretty fast and it hits her pretty hard,” said Lutkin.

When the Murray School District announced they were closing their doors, Lutkin was grateful.

“Sarah had RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection) when she was younger and that put her in the hospital for a year,” said Lutkin.

Sarah was sent home with a Chromebook for online school—continuing her studies without the risk of exposure.

“I think it’s better to be safe than sorry,” said Lutkins.

All stocked up from Costco, the Lutkins will wait out COVID-19 from home, waiting for when Sarah can dance with her friends again.

“I don’t think Sarah understands right now what’s happening,” said Lutkin. “But if she does get sick, it will be a long haul for her”