Washington lady, 106, who lived 1918 Spanish flu shares coronavirus advice – KING5.com


Centenarian Fritzi Bryant is the grandmother of KING 5 Chief Investigative Reporter Susannah Body.

SEATTLE — My grandmother and veteran Seattle resident Fritzi Bryant, 106, lives in an assisted residing facility in Yakima. She’s one in every of Washington dispute’s oldest residents and one in every of the few silent alive who remembers the Spanish flu of 1918.

“I undergo in mind my of us discuss about it. I change into once finest four or five years ragged,” Fritzi acknowledged. “It change into once very serious.”

Admire the coronavirus, the Spanish flu change into once a world pandemic. At the least 50 million folks died from it between 1918 and 1919.

American citizens donned gauze masks to take a watch at to forestall the unfold. Fritzi’s of us, my mountainous-grandparents Carl and Anne Schassberger, were fragment of the hassle. Carl change into once a tailor, tasked by the executive to invent masks in preference to dresses.

“They wished him to invent masks, which he did. My mother change into once serving to him too,” Fritzi acknowledged.

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Fritzi is one in every of the 2-and-a-half of-million American citizens residing in nursing properties or assisted residing products and services who’re under quarantine and could perchance presumably also no longer beget guests. My mother Nancy Body stale to discuss to her on each day foundation. Now she’s losing off objects respect sweet, playing cards and vegetation at the Landmark Care and Rehabilitation facility’s aspect entrance.

“Originally I change into once devastated and disturbed, however I’ve accepted it. They’re taking appealing care of her, and she or he’s so certain. The energy is immaculate, and I of course beget a good deal of faith in them,” my mother acknowledged.

Quarantine isn’t maintaining my 106-one year-ragged grandmother down.

“(I’m doing) very goal correct,” she acknowledged. “Exact goal correct-searching. Every thing is okay here. Masses to devour, which is true. Or no longer it is major to stare at the sunny aspect in preference to the execrable aspect of things.”

As for the handiest blueprint to tackle the coronavirus, this centenarian acknowledged we ought to soldier on and no longer take unnecessary probabilities.

“There’s no sense in taking half in it down,” Fritzi acknowledged. “Or no longer it is major to stare it square in the face…and manufacture the full lot you will be in a position to be in a region to on your vitality to invent it higher.”

It change into once laborious to stamp off over Facetime. I told my grandmother I’ll discuss to her as quickly as here is all the blueprint thru. However for certain, no person is aware of when that will be.

“Exact know I love you a huge quantity,” my grandma acknowledged. 

I told her I love her too.

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