103-year-old Woman Says ‘Courage, Faith’ Beat Coronavirus
The new coronavirus has killed nearly 18,000 people in Italy and nearly 90,000 people worldwide. The World Health Organization says most of those who are dying of the COVID-19 disease are over the age of 60.
But, try telling that to Ada Zanusso of Italy. She is 103 years old. She lived through the pandemic of 1918 that killed 50 million people worldwide. Now, she has survived COVID-19.
"I'm well, I'm well," Zanusso told reporters with the Associated Press. She spoke with the reporters over video from a home for older people in the northern Italian town of Lessona. "I watch TV, read the newspapers," she added.
When asked about her fight against COVID-19, Zanusso simply said, "I had some fever."
COVID-19 can cause minor or moderate sickness. Most of those who are infected recover. But those with existing health problem and older people like Zanusso are at a higher risk for more serious illness or even death.
Carla Furno Marchese has been Zanusso's family doctor for 35 years. She said Zanusso was sick for one week. "We hydrated her because she wasn't eating, and then we thought she wasn't going to make it because she was always drowsy and not reacting," Furno Marchese said.
"One day she opened her eyes again and resumed doing what she used to before," the doctor added.
What helped her get through the illness? "Courage and strength, faith," Zanusso said.
Zanusso grew up in Treviso, Italy. She worked there for many years in the cloth-making industry. She had four children — three of whom are living. She has four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She will turn 104 on August 16.
Under Italy's lockdown order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, visitors are not permitted to enter nursing homes, where many older people live.
Zanusso's doctor asked her what she would like to do when "they open the doors" again.
"I'd like to take a lovely walk," she answered. She added that she looks forward to watching her three great-grandchildren play together again.
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1.fight against 抗击
His whole life is a fight against poverty and unemployment.
2.get through 通过
It is hard to see how people will get through the winter
3.grew up 成长
Like most of my contemporaries, I grew up in a vastly different world.
A moderate increase in both investment and consumption will play an active role in stimulating the market.
5."I'd like to take a lovely walk," she answered.
take a walk 散步
They would like to take a walk around the centre of the park.
I usually take a walk with my dog in the evening.
6.She added that she looks forward to watching her three great-grandchildren play together again.
looks forward to 期待
He does not glory in his past successes and looks forward to achieving more.
My family looks forward to seeing you next week.
新型冠状病毒肺炎已在意大利造成近1.8万人死亡，在全球造成近9万人死亡 。世界卫生组织表示，大多数死于这种致命疾病的人都在60岁以上 。
但是，意大利的艾达·扎努索（Ada Zanusso）却奇迹康复 。她已经103岁高龄了 。她经历过1918年的西班牙大流行，当时全球有5000万人丧生 。如今，扎努索已经战胜了新冠肺炎 。
扎努索告诉美联社的记者称，“我很好，已经康复了 。”她在意大利北部小镇莱索托的一所养老院通过视频接受了记者的采访 。“我看电视，看报纸，”她补充道 。
新冠肺炎可以引起轻微或中度的疾病 。大多数感染者已经康复 。但那些存在健康问题的人以及像扎努索这样的老年人，患更严重疾病甚至死亡的风险更高 。
卡拉·弗诺·马尔切斯(Carla Furno Marchese)成为扎努索的家庭医生已经35年 。她说，扎努索患病一周 。马尔切斯说：“我们给她补充水分因为她不吃不喝，我们觉得她可能撑不下去了，因为她总是昏昏欲睡，没有任何反应 。”
扎努索在意大利的特雷维索长大 。她在当地的服装制造领域从业多年 。一生育有四个孩子，其中三个还尚在人世 。膝下有四个孙子和三个曾孙 。她将在8月16日迎来104岁的生日 。
她回答说，“我想出去散散步” 。她补充说，她期待看到自己的三个曾孙在一起玩耍 。