99-Year Old Woman Beats Coronavirus, but Not the Oldest U.S. Patient to Survive

by April 29, 2020

Angelina Friedman, a resident at a Mohegan Lake nursing home, tested positive for the COVID-19 bug last month but licked the deadly global pandemic last week — a feat that didn’t entirely surprise her family, WPIX-TV reported.

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Albany, GA — Maude Burke, an African American woman from Georgia who is almost 100-years old, has recovered from COVID-19. She is the oldest person in the U.S. to survive the disease so far.

While studies show that adults aged 65 and above have higher risks of having worse complications that may lead to death, Burke successfully beat COVID-19.

She was hospitalized in the Phoebe Putney Health System for 17 days until she was allowed to be released. In a video the hospital posted on Facebook, the nurses and medical workers can be seen waiting for her on the hospital hallways to cheer her on as she was wheeled out in a hospital bed.

“We continue to celebrate with our #COVID-19 patients when they get well enough to go home from our hospitals,” the post read. “This celebration was extra special. Maude Burke is … is the oldest COVID-19 patient we’ve been able to discharge. Her strength and determination are amazing, and we wish her well as she continues to recover. Thank you for being an inspiration, Ms. Maude!”

Moreover, Burke is said to be currently staying at home with her family.


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