Colorado Woman, 96, Released From Hospital Following Coronavirus Diagnosis: 'It's A Miracle'

An elderly Denver resident who tested positive for the new coronavirus has been released from the hospital and is back home under quarantine with her family.

According to KDVR, Anita Hernandez, who is 96 years old, ended up under medical care after developing pneumonia, with family members saying to the local news outlet that they feared the worst.

However, Hernandez beat the odds and was released back home yesterday under the care of her two daughters during her recovery from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus.

One daughter, Pam Romero, explained to KDVR how tough the experience had been for the family, saying "it's been an up-and-down ride."

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Stock image: An elderly lady has been released from hospital after developing pneumonia and testing positive for COVID-19 iStock

Romero also said the family thought they were going to lose their mother twice. However, now Hernandez is seemingly getting stronger every day. "It's a miracle," her daughter told the station.

The Denver resident was cared for by health care professionals at the Porter Adventist Hospital.

Romero made a public "thank you" to the people who cared for her mother, in particular one nurse who reportedly allowed Hernandez to FaceTime with her family so she wouldn't feel alone in the hospital.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Denver has confirmed 465 cases of COVID-19, with six deaths.

The whole of the U.S. to date has confirmed 164,785 cases of the disease, with 3,173 deaths, as shown by the graphic provided by Statista. However, there have also been 5,945 recoveries.

This infographic shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by state.
This infographic shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by state. Statista

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise that the elderly and people who have underlying health conditions are at a higher risk of developing more serious complications from COVID-19.

It recommends to seek medical attention immediately if anyone develops these emergency warning signs:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
  • If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
  • Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.