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A 64-year-old male asked:

there was a 104-y.o. male who survived the 1918 spanish flu, he is recovering from the covid-19. does genetics play a part in his surviving both bouts of the viruses? despite the mounting death toll, i'm curious as to why most people will survive.

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Dr. Leslie Wynne iii
Anesthesiology 37 years experience
Fortunate: This person is obviously very fortunate. I am not aware of any genetic traits that would predispose a person to developing Covid19.
Dr. Philip Schwarzman
Emergency Medicine 47 years experience
Survival: A virus is a strand of genetic material with the only purpose being to replicate itself. If it killed all it's hosts, it would cease to replicate. So evolution allows most of us to survive. BTW, this is just conjecture....

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