Rapidly-reported high-age corona patients turn hope in the hard-hit Italy.
After being admitted to a hospital in the northeastern Adriatic city of Rimini, a 101-year-old Italian man was declared swift by doctors and discharged again.
The man, whose name is not publicly known, was admitted last week and released yesterday, Rimini’s Deputy Mayor, Gloria Lisi, said on Friday, according to Italian and international media and the municipality’s website :
Sir. P. managed it. The family brought him home last night. It can teach us that even at the age of 101, the future is not yet written.
The Italian man’s journal states that he was born in 1919.
It was during another pandemic, the Spanish sick, that broke out at the end of World War I and is believed to have killed between 30 and 50 million people.
However, it is not clear whether ‘Mr P.’ has also been infected with the Spanish sick, which was caused by an influenza virus that, like the current coronavirus, could severely affect the lungs.
But after surviving coronavirus, he is proof that at a greatly advanced age, Covid-19 can survive.
“Truly extraordinary” and “hope for the future,” says Deputy Mayor Gloria Lisi of Rimini, located in Italy’s second most affected region, Emilia Romagna.
Highest risk for older men
At the time of writing, the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University show that 9,134 people have died in Italy after being infected with coronavirus.
Thus, Italy is the hardest hit country in the world, followed by Spain with 5,138 corona deaths and China with 3,177.
According to Italy’s health authorities, it has been particularly difficult for the elderly – here is the average age of the dead at 78 years.
In addition, since the original outbreak in Wuhan, China, the coronavirus has been found to hit men hardest – and in Italy, data recently showed that 71 percent of the dead were men.
– People need to be aware that there is a pattern. Just as old age itself means greater risk, so is the case with the male.
“It’s a risk factor,” said Sabra Klein, a researcher on viruses and gender differences at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health the other day to The New York Times.
‘We called her the Highlander’
Another sunbeam story that is spreading joy in Italy is the corona patient Italica Grondona from Genoa.
According to CNN, the 102-year-old woman, who was born in 1917 and therefore has also lived under the Spanish sick, has been discharged after three weeks at San Martino Hospital in Genoa.
Italica gives hope to all the elderly people who are facing this pandemic, says doctor Vera Sicbaldi, who has treated the elderly woman.
Italica Grondona was admitted in early March with heart problems, the doctor says.
She had mild symptoms of coronavirus, so we tested her and found her positive. But otherwise we haven’t done much, she has recovered herself.
We called her “Highlander,” the immortal, adds Vera Sicbaldi, referring to the 1986 fantasy feature film.
According to Johns Hopkins University, 10,950 people are declared healthy again in Italy.