Identified as Mr. P, resident of Rimini, Italy, was hospitalized last week after he tested positive for coronavirus. After being held in the hospital for a week, he was released from isolation on Thursday and became “the story everybody talks about” at the medical facility.
Mr. P was born in 1919, in the middle of the global Spanish pandemic that infected 500 million people and killed between 30 and 50 million people around the world and he also survived WW II.
According to the city’s deputy mayor Gloria Lisi, Mr. P who is more than 100 years old, is an encouraging recovery story that brings hope for the future for everyone especially in these hard times when all we hear about the new virus which is especially aggressive on the elderly.
Mr. P’s recovery is remarkable considering the high fatality rates for older Italians who become infected. According to Italy’s National Institute of Health, 86% of deaths were patients older than 70 years old, and the numbers are unfortunately rising. The age distribution of the population in Italy may be the factor, since the country has the second oldest population on a global level, with 23% of Italian being over 65 years of age.
Last week, in only one day, the city of Rimini documented 1,189 new cases of coronavirus, as the country passed 8,000 coronavirus deaths.
Mr. P is not the only centenarian who survived the coronavirus. One of them is 103 years old Zhang Guangfen from Wuhan, China, the place where it is believed that the virus originated. She was admitted to hospital at the beginning of March and was sent home a week later, free of symptoms. Another person who survived the virus is the 97-year-old female from Cheongdo, a city near Daegu, which has seen the worst of South Korea’s coronavirus outbreak.