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Tue May 12, 2020, 04:56 AM

A 102-year-old Icelandic woman who survived the Spanish flu has recovered from Covid-19

Gee, it seems Icelanders don't consider their elderly to be "expendable." I celebrate her recovery.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-11/icelandic-woman-declared-virus-free-ahead-of-103rd-birthday?utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_medium=social&utm_content=business

A 102-year-old Icelandic woman who survived the Spanish flu has recovered from Covid-19, according to a United Nations report.

Helga Gudmundsdottir was placed under quarantine at her nursing home in the West Fjords at the beginning of April. She was declared virus-free just days before her 103rd birthday.

Iceland has been one of the most successful countries at tackling the coronavirus, limiting infections and carrying out extensive testing. The country, which has a high life-expectancy rate, has reported only a dozen new cases since April 24 and is now in the process of easing restrictions.


Here is a much more indepth profile of her:
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https://unric.org/en/i-have-survived-it-all-havent-i-says-102-year-old-former-covid-19-patient/

Born during World War I, as a Danish citizen before her country´s independence, Helga has been living in Bolungarvík (population 1,000) 479 kilometres north-west of Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, since just after World War II. She moved to the fishing village after having met and married a local seaman. When her son was only two weeks old, she had a relapse of tuberculosis, which she contracted as a young girl. She was moved to a sanitorium in the vicinity of Reykjavik where she had to stay for months, far away from her newborn.

Helga survived tuberculosis, which was called the “white death”, and has been healthy most of her life. Indeed, she lived at home until the death of her husband when she was 90. At 98 she was considered too well to qualify for a place in the town’s nursing home.

Eventually, she was accepted and was among dozens who were infected by COVID-19. “When she had a temperature of 38, I thought, “that’s it” her granddaughter said. “But she was only bed-ridden for one day, although she suffered stomach pains. She is so tough that she forced herself to drink.”

Her granddaughter, like all other staff, has had to care for patients wearing protective gear. But since all patients have now been declared COVID-free, they “only” have to wear masks and gloves. “It was suffocating, 40 degrees hot inside and really hard to work,” she explains. Other relatives gathered on a daily basis outside and cheered. They sent Helga and Agnes greetings through the windows.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:37 AM

1. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

That is wonderful!

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:49 AM

2. A great lady & heartwarming story, tx for this good news

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:51 AM

3. Oh she's in Iceland... I love Iceland..

never been but I'd like to go.

Good on Helga Gudmundsdottir surviving both Pandemics spanning 102 years!

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:01 AM

4. Amazing story.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:06 AM

5. Beautiful! Thanks! ❤ nt

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:16 AM

6. Belated Happy Birthday Helga

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 08:03 AM

7. Dang, keep some samples of her DNA.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #7)

Tue May 12, 2020, 08:44 AM

8. Lol! nt

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Response to tanyev (Reply #7)

Tue May 12, 2020, 08:50 AM

9. No, really... this was my first thought. There are some peoplsncells that will grow outside the body

... and with no organ support.

She might have them,

NASA experimented with some of those cells in space that were stolen from African Americans in then 70s, really neat stuff scientifically.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #7)

Tue May 12, 2020, 08:56 AM

10. and blood samples, too

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Response to tanyev (Reply #7)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:20 AM

11. She had TB twice, which doesn't suggest her immune system was that good.

Most people exposed to TB don't develop an active infection. Yet she made it to 102 and beat covid. Go figure.

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Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:59 AM

12. Good for you, Helga! What a wonderful story. nt

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