Covid-19 claims the lives of two 100-year-olds just weeks apart

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Loving older couple. (PHOTO: LWA/Getty Images)
Loving older couple. (PHOTO: LWA/Getty Images)
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A couple who’d been married for 76 years died a couple of weeks apart of Covid-19.

The pair, who got married in 1944, both succumbed to the virus last month.

Bill and Jill Calderone from Rhode Island, New York, were in their best shape in years after moving into a care facility last month, People reports.

Their son says his 100-year-old parents were doing really well when they moved into the facility.

“My good lord, they looked terrific,” Ron Calderone said of his parents’ physical health.

“My dad, they shaved him and cut his hair, and they both just looked wonderful.”

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But then the nursing home reported its first case of Covid-19 a few weeks after the Calderones moved in.

Bill was the first to be diagnosed with the illness and subsequently his Jill, who had Alzheimer’s and shared a room with her husband, also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Ron recalls how shocked he was at the state his parents were in when they spoke on video-chat after his parents fell ill. “I never thought I’d see my parents so debilitated; my father could barely answer me on the phone. I think all they wanted to do was go home,” he told People.

Those over 65 are especially vulnerable to the virus’ worst effects.

Bill died on 6 May, while Jill passed away just a few weeks later on 20 May.

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Before moving to the nursing home, the couple lived in Federal Hill in Rhode Island. They’d settled there after years of traveling while Bill, a former Marine, served in the military, according to NY Daily News.

The couple were married while Bill was on three-day leave from fighting in World War 2. He later fought in the Korean war too.

Source: People, NY Daily News

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