A father-of-three has been forced to self-isolate from his family in a caravan on his drive after being placed on the government's Covid-19 vulnerable list.
David DuBois, 44, was left with no option but to separate from his wife and children as severe allergic asthma, bronchitis and a suppressed immune system.
The dad, from Bolton, moved out of his home and into the caravan on his drive after his seven-year-old son Arthur developed a temperature and his doctor advised him to make no contact.
Since then, Mr DuBois has been living in the freezing caravan alone - often wearing four layers of clothing, a fleece and a woolly hat to keep warm.
His wife Lisa, 42, has had to take on sole caring responsibilities for Arthur and the couple's two daughters, Rebecca, 10, and Lucy, 12, while also holding down her job as a teacher.
They are trying to keep to their normal routine, but the need to stay apart has come with difficulties - causing 'tears and frustration' among the heartbroken family.
Mrs DuBois has to text her husband to let him know when his dinner is ready and leaves his meals on the front doorstep for him to collect.
He then has to rely on technology to video call the family so they can eat together.
Mr DuBois, a film producer, says that being unable to hold his family has been the hardest thing to deal with as the coronavirus outbreak keeps them apart.
Mr DuBois said: "The family have been amazing, but we’re all started to show some cracks from being under the strain.
"The lack of physical contact has been the hardest thing to come to terms with.
"When my seven-year-old son walks over for a hug and then has to self-police and back away, that is heart-wrenching.
"My wife has also had to manage being a single parent of three, teacher, worker, cook and cleaner to name but a few of her current roles.
"She has been incredible throughout.
"Yes, there have been a lot of tears and frustrations but we’re just about holding it together."
The separation has affected every part of family life.
Whenever Mr DuBois goes inside the house for a shower, he has to make sure the rest of the family are all away from him and he cleans every surface with an antibacterial wipe.
He added: "It’s like a military manoeuvre and is psychologically incredibly draining."
Struggling wife Lisa has been an 'emotional wreck' since the separation, saying it was 'heartbreaking' to have to explain to their children why they could not attend social events.
Mr DuBois said: "At the time the social distancing restrictions hadn’t deepened and many people didn’t fully appreciate the risk to the vulnerable and the impact the restrictions would have on normal life.
"The first week was particularly challenging, having to be a worker, teacher and parent all at once is impossible.
"I tried to be all these things and within a few days I was an emotional wreck."
The couple had to work out their new way of life on a video call, creating a new timetable mixing schooling for their children, work time for Mrs DuBois, exercise and time for the children to call their friends.
It has been a 'team effort' from the whole family.
"My children have lost some of their childhood, they have had to grow up quicker," says Mrs DuBois.
"They have taken on some of my responsibilities to allow me to continue to work.
"They do the laundry, help with the cooking and cleaning, and the girls help with home schooling the youngest.
"It is a team effort and we’ve all had to adjust. We are excited about David coming home, because then our family will be whole again."
Mr DuBois is hoping to move back into the house this week after a fortnight in isolation.
But he will still face isolating within his home because of his chronic lung disease, which will cause problems with getting vital supplies for the finally.
He said: "We decided that If I self-isolated from the family and they self-isolated in the house, after two weeks we could come back together and then self-isolate in the house.
"It is going to be fabulous to get back into the house with them, but our self-isolation is going to cause issues with food shopping, as none of us should go out food shopping in my opinion due to the risk to me."
After moving out because of the coronavirus, Mr DuBois is begging people to stay inside: "People should be following the government's advice by self-isolating and social distancing.
"Unfortunately, this message will be read and understood by people who are already taking the correct measures.
"Those selfish enough to already be ignoring the advice will read and disregard the potential impact.
"I’ve heard the virus being described as a silent killer, but it is not just the virus killing people, its people’s ignorance and stubbornness to carry on if nothing is wrong that is killing people and endangering the vulnerable, children, and even the healthy."