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World’s Oldest Covid Survivor- 99 Years Old Croatian Granny Recovers from COVID-19

Older adults are at high risk of COVID-19 as age, underlying medical conditions and low immunity makes it hard to beat the virus. But the 99 years old grandma from Croatia has proved it wrong as she has become the world’s oldest Covid survivor at this age.

99 years old Margareta Kranjcec lives in an old home. She contracted the virus in the last days of October but showed a speedy recovery within three weeks. In an interview with a local newspaper, she said that she is feeling perfectly fine now. But still, she is on bed-rest, because of her old age and weakness. However, there are no threats or risks to her health.

Margareta is one of many od home residents who were tested positive for COVID-19 but due to her age, she has made the world’s oldest Covid survivor. Surprisingly, she experienced no characteristic symptoms associated with coronavirus and her recovery rate has stunned the doctors.

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Normally, people of this are extremely fragile and more vulnerable to complications especially if a deadly virus is involved. It is rare for a person to fight back to a deadly pathogen and recover completely.

Covid complications are extremely common among older adults. As an age group increases, the risk of contracting a virus and experiencing life-threatening complications also increases. That’s why the risk is lowest for the children because they belong to the youngest age group.

In case of severe symptoms, a person may need immediate hospitalization, regular monitoring, intensive care, and ventilator support. In case of delay or neglect, there are high chances of them losing their lives to the virus.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises special care for older adults to lower their risk of contracting the virus by following steps.

  • use of a face mask
  • limiting in-person interaction with others.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Follow good hand hygiene.
  • Stop unnecessary touching nose, eyes, and mouth.
  • Use a tissue for sneezing or coughing.

In case a person starts to feel sick and suspect having COVID-19, he is advised to contact his nearest healthcare provider and get tested. Meanwhile, isolation from other people in the house is recommended.

Coronavirus doesn’t pronounce itself prominently in older adults mainly because of the fact that most of them live with an underlying condition. And these symptoms could be easily mistaken for flu, pneumonia, allergy, etc. It takes so much time for some people to know that they are infected because they exhibited no signs or their signs were wrongly picked.

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Older adults often feel tired all the time, face stomach distress, lose their appetite, or experience breathing issues. It is hard to tell if it is Covid-19 or anything else, without paying attention to the extra details or testing.

In general, COVID-19 has been distressing for older adults but many of them have successfully beaten it. But 99 years old Margareta from Croatia is ahead of everyone as she is the world’s oldest Covid survivor.

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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