89-Year-Old Eugene Campbell May Be the Oldest Person Among 75 000 Others to Recover from Coronavirus

The coronavirus is spreading everywhere and causing great fear and panic among people. It started in China but rapidly spread all over the world and the count of infected people is rising day by day. However, no one mentions the count of people who have recovered from this virus like the 75,000 coronavirus patients.

The people who are mostly at risk with this disease are the older generation and the ones suffering from serious diseases like pneumonia. The other population if infected will suffer from mild or moderate symptoms like cough and fever, and the chances of full recovery are very high.

As per WHO – The World Health Organization, people experiencing symptoms can recover in just about two weeks, and in more serious cases people may need three to six weeks.

According to Dr. Helen Wimalarathna, Lecturer in Health Sciences at the Open University, the virus infects many people, but the terminal effects will be substantially lower than those of SARS and MERS. She states the following:

 “The evidence so far suggests that COVID-19 is spread more easily than either SARS or MERS, but that the consequences of infection are less serious – so for most fit and healthy individuals, a COVID-19 infection is likely to be something like a heavy cold.

For a small proportion of infected individuals, somewhere between one percent and three percent of those with a confirmed case of the disease, the disease can be fatal.

To put this into context, the case fatality of SARS and MERS were roughly 11 percent and 43 percent, respectively; while the case fatality of measles is around 15 percent.”

As we all know the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak was in China where more than 80,000 people were tested positive for the virus, yet the fact is that over 54,000 patients with corona have fully recovered.

The manifestation of the virus differs in people and in many people the symptoms are mild, nonetheless, the global health authorities still alert the public to the dangers of the virus trying not to cause greater panic. At most risk are the elderly, but it seems they can also fight off the virus. As per the Associated Press the 89-year-old Eugene Campbell is successfully fighting off the coronavirus. Campbell has been diagnosed with coronavirus and hospitalized in Edmonds, Washington, but his condition is very good and successfully recovering from the virus. He is a resident of the Life Care Center, a nursing home in Kirkland, which was seriously affected by the coronavirus where the terminal results were the worst in the whole state.

His son, Charlie, reported that his elderly father looks fine and that all his vital signs and heart rate are good. His breathing is without difficulties, in fact, it is normal and it seems that he “may be the oldest person to recover from coronavirus.”

Campbell received the diagnosis of COVID-19 on March 6, but he recovered from it pretty quickly despite of its old age. His doctor is cautiously optimistic, explaining that if these were normal circumstances, he would discharge Eugene.

According to the latest statistics of the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering starting from March 15, 162,687 patients were tested positive for the coronavirus in the world, out of which 6065 died, while 75,620, or 46,4% recovered.

Here are the statements of the officials:

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director-general maintained:

We need to remember that with decisive, early action, we can slow down the virus and prevent infections. Among those who are infected, most will recover.”

The Deputy Health Officer at the Jefferson County Health Department, Dr. David Hicks stated:

We want people to remember the vast majority of individuals have a mild illness, mild symptoms so kind of like the common cold, maybe a mild flu and so most of those individuals will recover on their own with just lots of fluids. You can take fever reducers.”

Sources:

medium.com

npr.org

abcnews.go.com

eu.usatoday.com