101-year Old Spanish Flu (1919) Survivor Also Survived COVID-19

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March 28, 2020


A 101-year-old man has been released from hospital confinement after recovering from COVID-19 as reported by the Italian city of Rimini deputy mayor, Gloria Lisi. The old man, as they called “Mr. P.,” was admitted to a Rimini hospital in northeast Italy last week, after he was tested positive for the Coronavirus pandemic.

He was released from confinement on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The mayor remarked, this was “truly extraordinary” and that such a recovery from a man of more than a hundred years old, gives “hope” to the world. The city head also expressed how this old man has made an impact, knowing that “even at 101 years of age, the future is unpredictable.”

This old man, “Mr. P” as the call, was born in 1919 which was the same period of the Spanish Flu, the pandemic that killed approximately 30 to 50 million people globally. He grew up between World War I and WWII and just recently been the oldest patient to recover from COVID-19 in Italy.

This was reported recently by the Italian media. Mr. P. noted that this pandemic situation was not new to him since he was born in 1919, the same period when the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic took place in his town. That pandemic cost 600,000 lives of Italian men and women wherein he was able to live past through.

The medical staff was at first worried about having him admitted since the coronavirus seemed to be at higher risk for people above 65. But according to Gloria Lisi, the Vice-Mayor of Rimini, once Mr. P. started recovering quickly, he became “the talk of the of the town” in the hospital. She noted, “Everyone saw hope for the future of all of us having witnessed the recovery of a person of more than 100 years old.”

Upon recovery, Mr. P was discharged from the hospital. The 101-year old’s family brought him home. That experience taught us that even at 101 years, the future cannot be foretold. Hope is everywhere. Believe in miracles, keep the faith and stay positive in life.



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