"Say Ninetynine": It's Never too Late to Recover from COVID-19

M. Tosato, F. Varone, A. Ciccullo, R. Calvani, D. Moschese, A. Potenza, M. Siciliano, M. Fantoni

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COVID-19, the disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, showed higher severity and lethality in male older adults . There are currently no specific treatments. Studies are evaluating the efficacy of monoclonal antibodies against interleukin-6 receptor. Here we present the case of a 98-years old man admitted to our COVID-Hospital with acute respiratory failure. Comprehensive geriatric assessment showed no signs of frailty. First-line therapy with hydroxychloroquine and anticoagulants was not effective. Patient was administered intravenous monoclonal antibodies, and he showed remarkable clinical improvement. This case suggests that age alone should not preclude access to new therapeutic approaches. Comprehensive, multisciplinary, multidomain approaches are needed to develop patient-tailored treatments against COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-71
Number of pages2
JournalThe Journal of frailty & aging
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • aging
  • comprehensive geriatric assesment
  • covid-19
  • Frailty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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