Angelina Sciales was born in 1918 on a steamship that was bringing immigrants from Italy to New York. It was during the second wave of the Spanish flu.
According to the World Health Organization, the Spanish flu infected about a third of the world’s population and about 50 million people died from the disease.
Friedman, a resident of the North Westchester Restorative Therapy and Nursing Center in Lake Mohegan, N.Y., was taken to the hospital on March 21 for a medical procedure but received a COVID-19 diagnosis. She spent a week in the hospital then returned to the nursing home, where she was isolated in her room.