101-Year-Old Man in Italy Recovers From Coronavirus

Emily Voneman

Experts say that the COVID-19 pandemic is most dangerous to the elderly. A 101-year-old Italian man, known as “Mr. P,” apparently didn’t get the memo.

According to Forbes, the man was admitted to a hospital in Rimini, Italy, a city that was hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Rimini counted 1,189 new cases of the coronavirus on Mar. 26 alone, the same day that Mr. P was released from the hospital after making a miraculous full recovery.

This is also not the first pandemic that Mr. P has survived. He was born in 1919, in the midst of the Spanish flu, which was estimated by the Centers for Disease Control to have infected 500 million people, about a third of the world’s population at the time.

Mr. P’s story has garnered a lot of attention from around the world, giving families and the elderly hope that catching the coronavirus isn’t the end of the story for those in this at-risk age group. According to Italy’s National Institute of Health, around 86% of recorded deaths in the country so far have been people over the age of 70, who are more vulnerable to the virus. Mr. P and others prove that although this age group is strongly at risk, it isn’t impossible for them to survive the virus.

Mr. P is one of several remarkable members of his generation that have survived COVID-19. He joins 103-year-old Zhang Guangfen from Wuhan, China, where the virus is thought to have originated, as well as several other notable cases from around the world.

[Article based on information from “The Miraculous ‘Mr. P’: 101-Year-Old Italian Man Beats Coronavirus” from Forbes.]