105-year-old COVID survivor credits gin-soaked raisins for longevity

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A 105-year-old COVID survivor who also survived the 1918 flu pandemic has revealed that the secret to her health is her daily routine of eating gin-soaked raisins in the morning.

"Fill a jar. Nine raisins a day after it sits for nine days," Lucia DeClerck told the New York Times.

While raisins soaked in gin are not among the recommendations the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives for virus treatment, DeClerck is confident in their value.

DeClerck, who lives in New Jersey, tested positive for the deadly virus on January 25, which happened to also be her 105th birthday and the day after she received the second dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine.

After experiencing just a few symptoms of the virus, DeClerck was back to her usual routine within two weeks of testing positive. DeClerck's son, Phillip Laws, admitted he was "very concerned" when he learned of her diagnosis.

"She's got tenacity that is unbelievable," he added. "And she's got that rosary - all the time."

The Hill reports that DeClerck likely contracted the virus before receiving her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, but the vaccine is likely to thank for her swift recovery. Studies have proven that even just a single dose of the vaccine reduces the chance of hospitalization.

DeClerck's granddaughter, Shawn Laws O'Neil, said of the situation, "Now all of us are rushing out and getting Mason jars and yellow raisins and trying to catch up."

On Monday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy revealed during a news briefing that he had an "uplifting" phone conversation with DeClerck upon her recovery from the virus.

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