“I’VE been here before, a hundred years ago. I see no reason why I could not defeat this second pandemic.”
These thoughts must have sustained Angelina Sciales Friedman, uplifting her spirit, as she fought for a month against the new virus SARS nCov 2 that causes the disease COVID-19 at a hospital in New York.
Friedman was born in 1918 during the second wave of the Spanish influenza pandemic on board a passenger ship carrying immigrants from Italy to New York, many of whom were carriers of the Spanish flu virus, it was reported by the New York local Channel Pix11 News.
The 1918-1920 Spanish flu originated in US Army camps in Kansas, USA and brought to Europe by American soldiers fighting in World War I. This pandemic killed 30 to 50 million people. It was called “Spanish flu” because Spain, which was not involved in World War I, was the only country reporting the true numbers in terms of infections and casualties so the world thought Spain was the hardest hit.
Friedman, however, only stayed in the hospital for a week. After testing negative, she was sent back to her nursing home at North Westchester Restorative Therapy and Nursing Center in Lake Mohegan, New York, where she fully recuperated.
What happened to Friedman also occurred in some quaint places in the Philippines and in Japan. Very old people surviving the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
And yet the government, particularly the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), continues to dish out ECQ and GCQ regulations so rigid that they border on stupid. A case in point is the ban on motorcycle backriding, even if the two passengers came from the same household and one is a healthcare worker. Another is the ban on senior citizens even under the coming GCQ.
The IATF and the Cabinet, which are composed of several men and women over 60, might be thinking of exempting themselves while rigidly imposing the ban on ordinary elderlies.
It is reassuring, therefore, the Presidential spokesman Harry Roque announced that the IATF will take up again the issue of banning senior citizens from going out of their homes.
Roque said he hopes such exception will be considered especially since many senior citizens are “decision-makers” in government (80 percent of the Cabinet) and in private companies. This idea is shared by many who believe — and rightly so — that not all senior citizens are sickly and at risk.