Coronavirus: Tennessee girl, 4, with lung disease urges people to stay home in viral video

Coronavirus: Tennessee girl with lung disease urges people to stay home in viral video

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — The message is loud and clear: Stay at home.

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“So you have to do one thing. Do you know what it is? It’s really easy. Stay at home!” Eliza Boer, a 4-year-old Tennessee girl with a chronic lung disease, says in a viral video.

The Germantown girl wants people to stay home to protect those who are more at risk for the coronavirus.

Eliza's mother, Rachael Boer, posted the clip Sunday. Since then, it’s been shared about 3,000 times with more than 60,000 views.

Eliza is back with an important reminder and a few tips!

Posted by Rachael Boer on Sunday, March 22, 2020

Rachael said it might not seem like it, but her daughter is sick and more at risk for getting the coronavirus. She wanted to make a cute video to convince people to stay at home to protect people like her daughter.

“I’m already doing what I can to stay healthy. I need you to do your part. And there are a lot of other people like me,” Eliza said in the video.

Eliza is a ball of energy. She enjoys everything a typical 4-year-old does, but unlike other little girls, she was born with a rare chronic lung disease.

“Even a cold can turn into pneumonia and send her to the hospital,” Rachael said.

The family has stayed indoors for weeks to keep Eliza safe while using her regular treatments.

“It puts a different spin on it when you put a real face and name with that vulnerable category and makes it more real for people,” Rachael said.

Her mother said she plans on staying inside for the next few months.

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)