Young athletes continue to exercise but try to practice social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic

WATCH: Young athletes continue to exercise, practice social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — We’ve heard from around the world that most deaths from the coronavirus are elderly people. But anyone can get sick with COVID-19. In fact, health officials said 74 percent of the people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Shelby County are younger than 61 years old. 38 percent are between the ages of 21 and 40.

FOX13 caught up with some young people to see if they are aware of the dangers. They told FOX13’s Jonathan Marshall they aren’t going to stop working out but are doing their best to social distance themselves.

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“It’s always good to try to perfect your craft while you’re not actually in your craft,” South Carolina redshirt freshman T.J. Moss said. “If you’re not at school it’s always to try to be able to come out, run or try to get something done.”

Moss is a former East High School hoops standout home from the University of South Carolina. With no SEC tournament or March Madness, he’s among many facing a new sports reality. There are also high school athletes like brothers Brayden and Jay Nash.

“Most of our competition probably isn’t taking breaks, so we want to stay in shape and keep up with them,” Brayden, a White Station junior said.

There was a crowd of people at Halle Stadium Wednesday afternoon. So how were they able to practice social distancing?

“I mean, we still get by each other and stuff while we run. But we just stay away from other people that we know that aren’t doing the same things as us like washing their hands and stuff,” Jaye Nash, an 8th grader at Briarcrest said.

“I’m just washing my hands. Putting hand sanitizer on as often as possible. Trying not to touch my face and not touching anything out here,” Brayden said.

Heath leaders say 38 percent of the positive cases in Shelby County are between the ages of 21 and 40.

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So, are young people fully educated on the virus’s impact?

“A lot of young people are aware because it’s all over social media,” Moss said.

It’s clear young athletes won’t stop grinding. But, they can still be mindful.

“I pray for people that have it,” Jaye said.

His brother Brayden said, “I’m definitely a little worried but I’m taking precaution for it.”