95-year-old Alma Clara Corsini has made a full recovery from the COVID-19 coronavirus, and is now the oldest known woman in Italy to recover from the illness. It seems that the grandmother was in excellent shape, because she did not even need any major treatments. She was taken to the hospital on the 5th of March after showing signs of the illness, but last week she was able to return to her home.
According to the Italian newspaper, Gazzetta Di Modena Ms. Corsini was the “pride of staff” during her treatment at a hospital in Pavullo.
Other older patients have also been recovering from the virus in Italy. It was also confirmed last week that a 97-year-old man, who is believed to be the oldest person to have survived coronavirus in Italy, returned to his home in Cremona, Lombardy, after spending two weeks in the hospital.
Very little is known about this virus or why some people have a vastly different experience than others. As a baseline, a healthy immune system is an important indicator for how a person's body will be able to handle the virus, but there is also the phenomenon of asymptomatic cases, which researchers have still not been able to explain. For some reason, some people are at a much higher risk of losing their life and becoming hospitalized, regardless of their age or immune system.
One recent study has suggested that a person's blood type could play a major role in determining how safe they are from the virus. The study, which has not been peer-reviewed, showed that people with type A blood are more likely to catch the virus and die from it, while people with type O blood may be less likely to get the virus at all, or perhaps may only be asymptomatic.
Harvard University epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch has predicted in an interview with the Atlantic, that the virus will eventually infect somewhere between 40 and 70 percent of the entire world, because it has now become “uncontainable.” However, Lipsitch does not believe that the virus will be deadly to all of these people, because some cases of the illness will be mild or nonsymptomatic.
A case study published this week by Chinese researchers in the journal JAMA has shown that a 20-year-old woman from Wuhan passed the illness on to five of her family members but never became sick herself. To make matters even more confusing, the young woman initially tested negative for the illness before testing positive days later.
Health officials around the world are now beginning to recognize that this illness is also a grave danger to many young people as well. On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the United States, said that the Trump administration was "looking very closely" at cases of young people who were hospitalized or lost their lives due to the coronavirus.
Fauci was referencing new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which, which showed that roughly 40% of the people who were hospitalized for the illness in the US were between the ages of 20 and 54.