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107-Year-Old Who Beat Spanish Flu Beats COVID

photo of covid19 survivor

Aug. 19, 2020 -- Anna Del Priore beat the Spanish flu when she was just 6 years old. Now, more than 100 years later, she’s successfully recovered from COVID-19.

Sunrise Senior Living shared a photo on Facebook of the 107-year-old from New Jersey smiling and dancing after beating the virus.

Del Priore, a native of Brooklyn, now lives at Brighton Gardens, a part of the Sunrise group of communities, in Middletown, NJ.

“She always danced, always loved music,” Del Priore’s granddaughter told the Asbury Park Press. “As soon as she hears music, her foot starts tapping.”

“Dancing makes you feel good,” Del Priore says. ”I want to keep my health.”

Turns out, good health may be in Del Priore’s genes. The Asbury Park Press reports that her younger sister, 105-year-old Helen Guzzone, also successfully beat both COVID-19 and the Spanish flu.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on August 19, 2020

Sources

Facebook/Sunrise Senior Living.

Sunrise Senior Living: “Sunrise Resident Beats Spanish Flu and Coronavirus in nearly 108 Trips around the Sun.”

Asbury Park Press: “She beat the Spanish flu, and now 107-year-old New Jersey woman beat COVID-19.”

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