Woman, 107, recovers from coronavirus

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/04/10/woman-107-recovers-from-coro.html

Some centenarians have survived coronavirus

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That’s hardly surprising, especially if they don’t have any preexisting conditions that puts them at risk. Agile itself is not the risk.

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Usually these types of stories are accompanied by a side note stating that the person in question drinks 3 swigs of schnaps a day or something

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I had hoped there was some report saying she smoked filter-less Camels and swallowed several gallons of draft beer daily. I don’t do the Camels, but do try the draft schedule.

I’m counting on these old folks to set my example.

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If you persist to a century your damn well not letting a virus get in your way.

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“Coronavirus, pah. I’ve made it through the Spanish flu when I was in kindergarden.”

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It would be incredible to think she survived both events!

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It would be incredible if she survived because she survived spanish flu.

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Actually, yes, age very much is considered a risk with this virus. In fact, this woman is nearly TWICE the age at which someone is considered to be ‘at risk’ for serious complications and/or death from covid-19.

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Is it really age, or is age merely a predictor of comorbidity?

Let’s see: your telomeres shrink, your cells do not regenerate as quickly, some don’t regenerate at all but instead slowly disintegrate, sleep is affected (which affects everything else), etc. etc.

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Can you explain in layman’s terms what shorter telomeres have to do with risk of more severe outcome of a COVID19 infection?

Can you maybe point to a study where comorbidity and age are differentiated?

I remember this report that cites a study by Italy’s health authority, claiming that 99% of deaths had other illnesses (3 weeks old).

Granted, age itself would have an impact on recovery, but I’m curious how much.

She must have really done something to scare the shit out of the Grim Reaper last time he came by to check in on her.

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I am away from my real computer for the weekend, so no, I can’t do a deep dive for you into all the ways that human cells and systems break down and don’t repair (or at least don’t fully repair) with age.

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Nevertheless, good for her.

:+1:t5:

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All those Spanish Flu antibodies made her invincible!

Kind of like this guy

The man Robert Oppenheimer could not kill!!!

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