1918 Spanish Flue survivor, 106-year-old Delhi man beats Covid


In the prevailing situation where it is tough for even youngsters to remain fit, there is an old man of 106 years of age who became an inspiration for those who are combating the deadly pandemic. He was not affected by the 1918 Spanish flu. His family said “At his age of 106, he has defeated coronavirus, and he was a kid during the Spanish Flu. He’s a corona warrior, and he’s doing fine now”.

One of his family members added “This old man was four years old during the 1918 Spanish Flu and has survived COVID-19 faster than his son, in his 70s who is admitted to a dedicated COVID-19 facility. This old champ was a resident of Old Delhi and was discharged from the Rajiv Gandhiji Super Specialty Hospitality recently after he was recovered from COVID-19.

A senior doctor told a reporter of NDTV, “Perhaps, he is the first reported case of COVID-19 in Delhi who also went through the dreaded Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 which like COVID-19 had also ravaged the world. And, he not only recovered from COVID-19, he recovered faster than his son, who is also very old”.  Further, the doctor added “We don’t know whether he was affected by the Spanish flu or not. We haven’t seen much documentation on the situation back then as far as Delhi is concerned but very few hospitals were there at that time. It is amazing this 106-year-old showed the will power to survive”. Doctors commented that he thought we lived through two pandemics but he was vulnerable to the Coronavirus infection.

Spanish Flu was a pandemic that hit the world 102 years ago and is considered to be the deadliest in history. It infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin. There were no effective drugs or vaccines to treat this killer flu strain at that time.