Anna Del Priore and her sister Helen Guzzone, native of Brooklyn (NYC), have proclaimed themselves survivors of the coronavirus, a century after overcoming another pandemic: the Spanish flu.
Helen is 105 years old and resides in Queens. Anna will turn 108 next month and live in New Jersey.
Anna was diagnosed with the coronavirus in May and her granddaughter Darlene Jasmine expected the worst. Asbury Park Press.
But her grandmother, who contracted the Spanish flu during the 1918 influenza pandemic that killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide, did not succumb to the virus. Instead it keeps moving, dancing whenever he can at “Brighton Gardens”, an assisted living center in Middletown (NJ), where she is considered an inspiration”.
“She he always danced, he always loved music ”, said Jasmine, 66. “As soon as you listen to music, your foot starts tapping.”
Del Priore had a fever and lost his appetite after his COVID-19 diagnosis, but did not need to be placed on a respirator or taken to a hospital, her granddaughter said.
Since then, it has resumed daily activities of swimming, sewing and some dance steps whenever she can, the vivacious centenarian told the newspaper. “I feel good … I thank God that I am alive.”
Jasmine said that her grandmother’s survival is a miracle”, but she noted that her keep fit and eat well.
“She is constantly moving,” Jasmine said. “We were always walking in Brooklyn, to the grocery store, to the bakery. Every night he cooked a home cooked meal from scratch. All the Mediterranean food: olive oil, vegetables, fruits, nuts. It’s like the old peasant food for which they now charge you so much ”.
The oldest person confirmed to have beaten the coronavirus is a 113-year-old woman in Spain, according to this global count.
“I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is it,'” her granddaughter said. “This is the thing that’s going to take her down.” Nope. Anna Del Priore is still dancing. https://t.co/IWkVt4n4yL
– Asbury Park Press (@AsburyParkPress) August 11, 2020