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'I recovered from virus and so can others my age' - Josephine (103)


Josephine Silo (103) recovered from Covid-19 in three weeks

Josephine Silo (103) recovered from Covid-19 in three weeks

Josephine Silo (103) recovered from Covid-19 in three weeks

This is Dubliner Josephine Silo, who has delighted her carers by recovering from Covid-19 at the age of 103.

She tested positive for the coronavirus, but has since made a full recovery, much to the joy of everyone at the Sacred Heart Residence in Raheny where she is a very popular resident.

Ms Silo said that she was diagnosed with the virus around three weeks ago.

"I was coughing. I didn't feel good. But I wasn't breathless, that didn't affect me," she told the Herald.


"The cough was a bit irritating, that's all."

She said that a medic came into the home and she was tested for Covid-19. Her own doctor also came to check up on her.

She said that she was in bed for a couple of days.

"I didn't feel myself, but other than that, I wasn't too bad," she said.

The pensioner was in isolation while she recovered at the home where she has been living for nearly a year now.

Despite her age, she said that she wasn't worried about the diagnosis as she didn't feel that bad. However, she agreed that her story shows it is possible to recover from Covid-19 at her age and could offer hope to others diagnosed with it.

"I'm all right now. I'm feeling pretty good," she said.

She said she didn't have to go hospital. Her doctor gave her tablets, so she said that apparently she didn't get one of the worse cases of the virus.

Overall, she has good health, saying: "I'm able to walk and eat a little." She said that her Italian father died quite young, but her mother was in her 80s when she passed away.

However, she attributes some of her longevity to working as a waitress from age 14 until about she was 60 on Grafton Street, which kept her very fit and healthy.

"But that is a good few years ago now," she added.

Originally from Rathmines, Ms Silo will be turning 104 on July 22.

She says that she keeps up her interest in current affairs.

"I'm interested in what's going on in the world," she said.

She has nieces, one of whom lives locally, which is how she ended up moving from the southside to the northside of the city.

"I'm not married, I never married," Ms Silo added.

Known for being glamorous, Ms Silo still likes to wear lipstick, which she has worn since she was a young woman.

"When I'm going anywhere, I want to look well," she said.

The home, on Sybil Hill Road, is run by Little Sisters of the Poor.

Sr Anne, director of nursing at the home, said: "We are delighted to see her well again."

Registered for 86 residents, there are currently no cases of Covid-19 in the home.