To recover from the coronavirus, as she did, Ada Vanessa recommends courage and faith, the same qualities that have served her well in her nearly 104 years.
Italy, along with neighboring France, has Europe's largest population of what has been dubbed the “ancient" - people who are at least 100. As the nation with the world's highest number of COVID-19 deaths, Italy is looking to its super-old survivors for inspiration.
“I'm well, I'm well,” Russo said Tuesday during a video call with The Associated Press from the Maria Garcia Residence for the elderly in Lesson, a town in the northern region of Piedmont. “I watch TV, read the newspapers.”