The Duggar family has caught a lot of criticism for its health and sanitation practices. With so many members of the family being children, people who watch 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On have expressed concern about the family.
As a result of recent social media posts, many people worry that the Duggar family may not be taking the risks of coronavirus seriously. In particular, Jana Duggar has been a target of concern. Is the family being safe, or are the Duggars putting themselves and others at risk?
On March 28, Jana was photographed helping out after a tornado struck the nearby town of Jonesboro, Arkansas. Many structures were damaged and many people were injured. While it may have been kind of Jana to step in and help, people who saw the photo had some concerns.
In the photo she posted on Instagram, Jana is wearing a mask. In keeping with family traditions, she is also wearing a skirt while sorting through debris. Of course, this wasn’t the biggest concern.
Many were concerned not only for Jana’s safety, but also the fact that she could be bringing coronavirus back home to her family, which is full of children. Many people do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, and they may also have the virus for days before they realize they are sick. Medical professionals say that the virus is still contagious during this time.
In the picture, people are clearly close to each other. Social distancing guidelines call on people to be six feet apart.
People who commented on Jana’s Instagram were quick to call her out for not abiding by social distancing guidelines, which could put her family at risk.
One commenter said, “Pls know you still need to physical distance by 6′. You’re all way too close together. The last thing this community is going to need is to be hit with a surge of [COVID] cases.”
Another said, “I like Jana, but this is not smart. And now she goes home to a medically vulnerable younger sister. What about other family members, neighbors, etc?”
Other family members are seemingly staying away from the large Duggar home. For example, Jill and Derick Dillard have discussed social distancing and staying at home while they wait out the pandemic.
Jessa and Ben Seewald are also seemingly staying at home with their three children. Jessa posted a picture on Instagram with the caption, “No other people I’d rather be stuck at home with than these 4 right here.”
Since so many of the other Duggars live on the family property, it is unclear how much contact they have with each other and others. Both fans and critics of the family have expressed concern for the safety of the children involved.