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Massachusetts girl, 15, who was isolated for coronavirus, now supporting others fighting virus

Many families have coronavirus questions, she says

A Massachusetts family that was physically separated for weeks because of the coronavirus — including the family’s 15-year-old daughter who lost her sense of taste and was isolated in the basement — is now helping others navigate through the virus battle.

Hopkinton’s Meher Kaur started an online blog after her father was diagnosed with the coronavirus last month. Both of their recoveries were unknown journeys, and Meher said she wanted to serve as a resource for other families caring for loved ones.

Meher is working with her father to connect families who have beaten the virus (like theirs) with families and other people fighting the highly contagious disease.

“Someone being there to tell you it will be OK is very helpful,” said Meher, a Hopkinton High School sophomore. “A positive mindset and hope is really important.”...

...“It was helpful keeping our hopes up,” Meher said. “We made sure to FaceTime with each other every night, and checked in with each other throughout the day.”

During her time in the basement, she picked up a few hobbies, including yoga and drawing.

“I looked at the positives of being quarantined, that I was no longer annoyed by my brother 24/7 and my parents weren’t constantly watching over my every move,” Meher wrote.

By the end of the second week, her father’s symptoms started to improve but he remained in isolation. Her quarantine was lifted after two weeks as she regained her sense of smell and taste, and she made sure to clean and sanitize the whole basement before leaving.

Going into her father’s fourth week of isolation, he started to leave his room and come downstairs, but stayed in his room for the majority of the day to maintain a distance.

“I always looked on the bright side and kept my spirit as positive as I could,” Singh said.

The family is also looking to help people in India, where the virus is new relative to the U.S.

“We want to help as many people as possible,” Singh said. “Emotional support is key.”

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