A 103-year-old woman has forged history by completely recovering from the deadly coronavirus despite studies showing that the elderly are more at risk from it.
The elderly Iranian woman was admitted in the central city of Semnan for about a week but was “discharged after making a complete recovery” Navid Danayi, head of Semnan University of Medical Sciences was quoted saying by IRNA on Tuesday.
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This is not the first miraculous recovery by an old person. Another 91-year-old from Kerman, in the southeast of Iran, made a complete recovery after contracting COVID-19.
According to the news agency, the man was sick for three days and recovered on Monday in spite of having underlying medical conditions including high blood pressure and asthma.
Iran reported its first case of the novel virus on 19 February, after which the number surged to over 17,000. The virus spread to all of the country's 31 provinces and killed nearly 1,000 people.
There is overwhelming evidence that the coronavirus is more fatal for the elderly. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the fatality rate of the virus is 3.4 per cent of all those infected. However, for people who are aged over 80 the fatality rate was 21.9 per cent.
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The virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, soon spread like wildfire across the globe, infecting over 2,00,000. While the number of cases in the mainland is decreasing and life is coming back to normalcy, in other countries the crisis is only deepening. The epicentre has now shifted from Wuhan to Italy,