When Families Live Together – level 3

21-08-2020 07:00

In the US, an estimated 64 million people live in multi-generational homes. They are most prevalent in Asian, Hispanic and Black communities, and they consist of two or more adult generations.

Many of the largest school districts are switching to virtual learning, and parents may be forced to manage their work, as well as school. In such situations, extra help of other adults could be important. According to a survey, around 11% of parents said that they would rely on either grandparents or other family members for help this school year.

However, there are risks, too. Before COVID-19, grandparents in multi-generational homes benefited from the physical, financial and emotional support. The hospitalization rate for COVID-19 is at least five times higher for seniors. Experts say that people who are in close contact with people over 65 should wear a mask at all times, wash their hands properly, and stay indoors as much as possible.

Difficult words: multi-generational (relating to several generations), prevalent (generally practiced or widespread), consist (to have), hospitalization rate (the number or people who get treated in hospitals).

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