101-Year-Old Man, Born During Spanish Flu Pandemic, Recovers From COVID-19

(WBZ NewsRadio) — A 101-year-old man in Italy, who was born during the Spanish Flu pandemic, has recovered from the coronavirus.

CNN reports the man, referred to as Mr. P, was released from a hospital in Rimini, Italy last week after being admitted there earlier this month.

The deputy mayor of the city, Gloria Lisi, called his recovery "truly extraordinary" and said it gave "hope for the future," according to CNN.

Mr. P was born in 1919. The influenza pandemic began a year before, in 1918, and spread across the globe through 1919, according to the CDC. It's estimated about 500 million people were infected. This was about a third of the world's population at the time. At least 50 million people died worldwide.

The CDC says during the 1918 pandemic, mortality "was high in people younger than 5 years old, 20-40 years old, and 65 years old and older."

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