PODCAST | Covid-19 Chronicles: 87-year-old makes remarkable coronavirus recovery

  • 87-year-old Pat Jones made a remarkable recovery after battling Covid-19 in a Johannesburg hospital for two weeks.
  • Jones described her ordeal as terrifying and lonely, and said coughing was the worst symptom.
  • A specialist in geriatrics, Dr Kathleen Ross, said Covid-19 is not a death sentence for the elderly, but the risk of succumbing to the disease increases for those older than 70.

An 87-year-old woman has made a remarkable recovery after contracting Covid-19 last month. Pat Jones was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital where she spent two weeks battling the disease. Her daughter feared she would not make it through the night.

Jones, who also has asthma and other medical conditions, described her experience in hospital as lonely and frightening.

The worst symptom was the relentless coughing, she said. Back at home with her daughter and two grandsons, she is grateful to be alive and says she is feeling stronger every day. 

Specialist in geriatrics, Dr Kathleen Ross, says many elderly people recover from Covid-19, but those with comorbidities have a higher risk of succumbing to the disease. 

You can listen to the episode on SoundCloud and Spotify.

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