102-year-old Spanish flu survivor shares message of hope during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 11:42 AM, Mar 30, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A 102-year-old woman has a message for everyone when it comes to social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Val Hirsh lives at Fellowship Square Tucson and is sharing her story of survival.

Hirsh tells KGUN that she lived through the Spanish flu that started in 1918. She got the virus as a young child and survived.

However, Hirsh says she was a carrier and passed it along to her father. He died from the Spanish flu.

Hirsh has some advice for our current situation.

"All you have to do is behave yourself and just do what you are told," she said. "I mean try to do something constructive if you can."

This story was originally published by EJ Jimenez at KGUN.