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95-Year-Old World War II Veteran Survives The Coronavirus

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By Clark Sparky

The coronavirus has been proven to have devastating effects on the elderly, but 95-year-old Bill Kelly of Oregon is now nearly fully recovered from the virus. Kelly is a World War II vet who his granddaughter Rose Ayers-Etherington describes as "tough as nails."

From the NY Post:

Kelly, who lived through the Great Depression and was among the first US soldiers to set foot in the South Pacific during WWII, started feeling unwell with a low-grade fever on March 15, the newspaper reports.

Due to several underlying medical conditions, including kidney disease, a congenital heart condition and high blood pressure, Kelly went to a hospital and was kept overnight, Ayers-Etherington said.

Kelly returned home the following day after his condition improved, but his granddaughter’s husband — who works as a medical evacuation pilot — had recently transported patients who were potentially exposed to COVID-19.

The information led doctors to test Kelly and it came back positive. He did not have to be hospitalized, however, and live in quarantine in his granddaughter's house.

“But it was still nerve-wracking,” Ayers-Etherington said. “We were just drinking hot tea all the time. Taking zinc. Washing our hands constantly.”

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“We’re going just fine here,” Kelly told The Oregonian . “We’re toughing it out. I’ve got two great-grandsons to keep me busy. I’ve been very fortunate.”

In a Facebook post, his granddaughter wrote, “In his words, ‘I survived the foxholes of Guam, I can get through this [coronavirus] bullshit'” she wrote. “He has strong mental resolve. He has seen tough times and knows how to get through them.”

She added, “It’s real and it’s here and it needs to be respected. Just hoping grandpa Bill’s story will encourage you and put a smile on your face. Also, the rest of us are healthy.”

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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