This 103-year-old woman just became the oldest person to beat coronavirus

Edward Cooper
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From Runner's World

With the majority of Europe now in lockdown due to the Coronavirus, it can become easy to focus on the negatives of the pandemic that's now gone worldwide — as, at the time of writing, almost 8000 people have died from the disease.

While shocking, that doesn't mean that there aren't cases of remarkable recovery, even in Wuhan, China, the city at the centre of the pandemic.

Such is the case of 103-year-old Zhang Guangfen, who, after contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19), was sent to Wuhan's Liyuan Hospital for treatment on 1st March 2020. Despite having mild bronchitis, Guangfen had no other underlying health conditions.

The grandmother has since been discharged and is now recovering from the disease at home, with her quick recovery stemming from having no serious health conditions.

Currently, as the NHS urges those over 70-years-old to stay isolated for at least 14 days, Guangfen's recovery is the positive news we need, amidst thousands of negative news stories.

What's more, Guangfen isn't the only centenarian to one-up the pandemic, as a 100-year-old man — suffering with Alzheimer's, hypertension and heart failure — also recovered from COVID-19 in Wuhan, China.

Currently, the city's 11 million residents have been on lockdown since late January, but new infections are beginning to stabilise in the region.

Coronavirus Symptoms, from NHS.UK

"COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus."

  • A high temperature
  • You feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • A new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
  • If you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

"If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible."

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