In the dreaded times of Coronavirus pandemic, these more than 100-year-old survivors are a ray of hope for the world
Isolation and lockdowns are the need of the hour to battle pandemic coronavirus. While the world is trying to contain and heal from the deadly effects of the virus, there are some ‘oldies’ that are bringing the ray of hope in dreaded times.
As of writing this piece, there are 721,902 coronavirus positive cases and 33,965 deaths around the world. 152,061 people have recovered worldwide. Here are some centenarians who victoriously battled the Coronavirus.
Highlights! 100-year-old people who successfully survived COVID-19
- 101-year-old MR P: Italy’s Symbol of Hope
- The Oldest Survive: 103-year-old woman in Wuhan
- The First Survivor: 100-year-old Anonymous Man in Hubei
- Elderlies Are ‘Not A Goner‘
101-year-old Mr P: Italy’s Symbol of Hope
Last week, a 101-old-man in Rimini Italy recovered safely from pandemic Coronavirus. Identified as Mr P, the centenarian was born during the Spanish Influenza in 1919. He grew up between two World Wars. Not only Influenza, the man survived the AIDS pandemic too.
What makes his third pandemic survival remarkable is the high fatality rate of COVID-19. The virus is supposed to be deadly for the elderly. Rimini is the hardest hit area in Italy with the number of infected cases rising swiftly.You will find more infographics at Statista
Initially, the hospital staff wasn’t hopeful for the man since people older than 65 experience more severe symptoms, Gloria Lisi, the Vice Mayor of Rimini told the press. But once he started recovering he became a symbol of hope for others. She said,
“Mr P made it. The family brought him home Thursday evening… [It teaches] us that even at 101 years, the future is not written.”
Italy has the highest coronavirus death toll in the world with over 10,000 deaths and around 97,689 infected cases (these numbers will vary by the time you read this.)
With his recovery, Mr. P joins other centenarians who survived the Covid-19 battle.
The Oldest Survivor: 103-year-old woman in Wuhan
Previously a 103-year-old woman became the oldest person to survive the pandemic. In the epicentre of China’s misery Wuhan, Zhang Guangfen was admitted to the hospital on March 1. She was found coronavirus positive and was released within six days after her recovery.
Treated at Liyuan Hospital, Tongji Medical College, in Wuhan, as per her doctor Dr Zeng Yulan, her quick recovery was attributed to no underlying health condition apart from mild bronchitis.
Watch: The 103-year-old woman who recovered from COVID-19
The local newspapers published a video showing the woman being escorted out of the hospital by a group of medical workers, waiting for the ambulance.
The First Survivor: 100-year-old Anonymous Man in Hubei
In February, another 100-year-old man was the first one to recover from the deadly pandemic. He was treated in Hubei’s Maternity and Child Health Care Hospital.
The anonymous man had a history of an underlying health condition like hypertension, heart failure and also Alzheimer’s. Military doctors treated him with antiviral medication, convalescent plasma therapy, and traditional Chinese medicine.
Elderlies Are ‘Not A Goner’
The Independent quotes, England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty,
“I think it’s easy to get a perception that if you are older and you get this virus then you’re a goner – absolutely not, the great majority of people will recover from this virus, even if they are in their 80s.”
Watch: The account of victims of Coronavirus
He explained based on the data that even in the most vulnerable, oldest groups, in a very stressed health service – which Hubei was at the point. A great majority of people, over 90 percent who caught this virus survived it.
These 100-year-old plus Coronavirus survivors are surely an inspiration for the world.