10-year-old Brazil girl with Cystic Fibrosis quarantines away from home after family members test positive for COVID-19

BRAZIL, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Addison Barnett spent more than a month away from her family after her brother and step-father tested positive for COVID-19.

She said there’s only three words to describe the pandemic.

“It’s stressful, hard and sad,” she said.

Addison’s mom, Ashley Barnett, said they’ve been living in a state of fear due Addison having Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic condition that makes it hard to breathe.

“It’s really hard. It’s hard on me as mom. But it’s also hard on her because she couldn’t be at home and she couldn’t see me,” she began. “She couldn’t go anywhere due the fear that it may have went somewhere else so we kept her secluded to one area.”

Her family has taken extreme precaution to keep her healthy due to her compromised immune system, including enrolling her in the Indiana Gateway Digital Academy.

Addison said not being in the classroom has been tough.

“It’s kind of hard to make friends in homeschool. All you really do is learn. There’s no real free time with other people. So I can’t really make friends,” she explained.

Even though her day to day life is different than what she’s used to, Addison said she’s still making the best of it.

“I play with my American Girl dolls. I listen to music when I’m sad. I sing, I dance and I color. I do all sorts of stuff,” she concluded.