World’s oldest coronavirus survivor: ‘The elderly are the forgotten ones of society’
Half of Europe’s Covid-19 deaths are in care homes. Maria Branyas, 113, is calling for a revolution in treatment of the elderly
Weeks after ringing in her 113th birthday, she found herself confined to a room in her care home in north-eastern Spain, suffering from the effects of the coronavirus. Now Maria Branyas – fully recovered and believed to be the world’s oldest Covid-19 survivor – is calling for nothing less than a new world order.
“It will have to be done all over again and differently,” said Branyas, describing such a transformation as a debt owed to those who died in the pandemic. “Given my age, I likely won’t be there. But believe me a new order is needed.”