113-Year-Old Woman Who Had Spanish Flu as a Child Becomes World’s Oldest Person to Survive Coronavirus

Source: Newsweek »

A 113-year-old woman in Spain has overcome the novel coronavirus, becoming what is believed the oldest person in the world to have recovered from it.

Maria Branyas is believed to be the oldest person in Spain and local reports state she was battling COVID-19 for several weeks.

Branyas was born in Mexico on March 4, 1907, and now lives in a residential care home in Olot, Girona.

She tested positive for the virus in April and is said to have now overcome the infection.

One of her daughters told La Vanguardia: “Now that she is well, she is wonderful, she wants to speak, to explain, to make her reflections, it is her again.”

Branyas has three children, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Newsweek has contacted Branyas’s family through a Twitter account run under her name.

As well as having beaten coronavirus, she also survived Spanish flu, which afflicted people across the globe between 1918 and 1920. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that pandemic saw around 500 million infected worldwide, with at least 50 million estimated to have died.

The Gerontology Research Group reports that, according to the available information, Branyas is the oldest-known coronavirus survivor.

Newsweek has contacted the group for comment.

After reaching the age of 110, Branyas is part of a small group of people branded supercentenarians…

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