The coronavirus, like other medical maladies, can be deadly.
There’s no disputing that.
And the contagion has taken loved ones all over the world.
But what’s the disease’s death rate?
According to the CDC’s “Current Best Estimate(s) of the Fatality Ratio,” it’s as follows:
- 0-19 years: 0.00003
- 20-49 years: 0.0002
- 50-69 years: 0.005
- 70+ years: 0.054
For any of you in need of extra encouragement, allow me to tell you about Lucile.
A while back, she contracted the virus.
And like many others, she successfully beat it.
While that may not seem newsworthy, Lucile Randon’s a special case.
You see, she’s not as young as you or I.
In fact, she’s 116 years old.
As reported by Reuters, the (very) senior citizen tested positive for the virus last month at Sainte Catherine Labouré.
The retirement home — located in the southern French town of Toulon — quarantined its distinguished resident.
Fortunately, Lucile — who is blind — didn’t exhibit symptoms.
Nevertheless, as told to BFM Television, she didn’t fear the worst:
“[I] wasn’t scared because I wasn’t scared to die. I’m happy to be with you, but I would wish to be somewhere else — join my big brother and my grandfather and my grandmother.”
If she were to go, what of all those here who wish to celebrate with her?
After all — in beating the virus, at her age, she surely beat the odds.
Sainte Catherine Labouré spokesperson David Tavella noted, “She has been very lucky.”
Indeed — not only is she Europe’s oldest COVID survivor; she’s the planet’s next-to-eldest living person.
Lucile’s been big-leagued by Kane Tanaka, her senior at 118.
They’re in an elite club; as we know, life at any age is precious.
New Hampshire’s Mary Dentler is aware – she took her first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in January.
The shots seemed a good idea — per The Daily Wire, “Adults over the age of 85 are 13 times more likely to need hospitalization from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They are also 630 times more likely to die from the virus.”
So how fortunate is Lucile?
Most likely more fortunate than you and I will be.
Or, perhaps, I should say she is blessed.
And if you wonder why she’s so sure to see her family when her time on Earth reaches an end…if you’re curious as to why she’s not afraid…
Lucile is also known as Sister André.
She’s a nun.
Her faith tells her where she’s headed.
Surely it’s directed where she has been.
And our older Sister is about to be blessed again:
On Thursday, she turns 117.
Happy Early Birthday, Lucile.
May God bless you.
The second-oldest known living person in the world tested positive for the coronavirus in France. Three weeks later, French nun Lucile Randon is recovered and looking forward to her 117th birthday on Thursday. https://t.co/Fw8orpvi84
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 9, 2021
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