An 82-year-old Roscommon man who recovered from Covid-19 has encouraged his fellow senior citizens to remain positive in the face of the virus.
Ballinameen native Paddy Joe Lynch was discharged from Sligo University Hospital on Thursday after spending ten days battling the coronavirus.
Mr Lynch said that he had first experienced chest pains while out cutting turf nearly two weeks ago. He was brought to hospital and tested positive for Covid-19. Mr Lynch suffers from COPD and angina and admitted that he feared the worst when he was diagnosed, but he said that a positive mindset and prayer helped to improve his spirits.
He said he was delighted when the doctor gave him a clean bill of health and told him he could return home. He said he intended to continue his work as a part-time stonemason, beginning with a half-completed wall beside his house in Ballinameen. He also intends to get back to the bog as soon as he can.
He was even out of the house on Friday morning to hold a Donald Trump-style press conference, where he read some of his poetry.
Mr Lynch extended his thanks to the doctors and nurses at Sligo University Hospital for their care and dedication and said that any elderly people who are frightened of contracting the virus should try to remain positive and not watch or read too much of the news.