A 90-year-old survivor of COVID-19 has a message for the rest of us: Do not be afraid, and do not despairBy ALLEN G. BREED AP National WriterApril 7, 2020, 3:58 PM3 min read Anna Fortunato, a 90-year-old survivor of COVID-19, has a message for the rest of us: Do not be afraid. Do not despair. “Keep on fighting, have that positive attitude, and pray,” she says. “And get out of bed. Don’t stay in bed all the time. … And I want to say to them, ‘If I did it, you can do it.’” That she is here to advise others is something of a surprise to Fortunato herself. “In the hospital, they said I was a miracle,” said the Long Island woman, a daughter of Italian immigrants born the year the stock market crashed. “Maybe I was. But I worked at it, let me tell you something.” The widowed mother of five developed asthma late in life but was otherwise healthy and strong. She lived in her own apartment until about a year ago, when she moved into assisted living after a fall. At The Arbors in Jericho, Fortunato — whose last name is Italian for “lucky” — was


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