A Thornaby family has temporarily split up, with some members livingin a tent in the garden to avoid passing on coronavirus.

Emma Lendon's household has frontline workers while her 21-year-olddaughter Tasha is on a 12-week lockdown, after being classed as one ofthe UK's 1.5 million 'most vulnerable'.

The family has taken the heart-wrenching decision to separate, withhusband John and Tasha's partner Alex camping outside.

It's a scenario that's being played out by NHS staff and frontlineworkers up and down the country.

Emma's husband John, a telecoms engineer, is working in Chelmsford andliving in the family garden in between jobs.

His friend and workmate Danny Foster, who also lives with the family,is also taking the same steps to isolate from his own family.

Emma, who works as a cleaner, has been in isolation for more than two weeks.

We have cried an absolute river, this has been the hardest part through all this.

Emma Lendon
Emma's daughter has life-threatening asthma. Credit: Family Photo

Tasha, who has life-threatening asthma, ended up in intensive carefrom a simple cold in the last few months.

She's had about 40 admissions to hospital in the last two years. "I self-isolated two weeks ago, I also took my youngest daughter out of school on the Tuesday before they broke up.

Emma Lendon

Her other daughter Charlotte is 25 and socially distancing with herfamily at her own home.

This is unprecedented in our lifetimes. It's emotional.

Emma Lendon
John and Alex are frontline workers, so they'll be staying in the tent for the foreseeable future. Credit: Family Photo

It also means 19-year-old dad Alex, Tasha's partner who lives with thefamily, can't hold his five-month-old daughter Amelia.

Alex is a frontline worker, so he'll be staying in the tent for the foreseeable future.

Emma Lendon

On Sunday, England's deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harriessaid it could be September before life in the UK returns to "normal"at the government's daily coronavirus briefing.

The UK, she said, had to be 'responsible' in its actions and reducesocial distancing measures gradually.