Phil Corio in May 2020 with his son Ron
|Birth:||22 February 1912|
Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
|Age:||109 years, 56 days|
Phil Corio (born 22 February 1912) is an American centenarian who is currently the oldest known male survivor of COVID-19, having recovered from the disease at the age of 108. He also is currently the oldest known living man in the US state of New Mexico.
Early Life and Family
Corio was born on 22 February 1912 and grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. He had seven siblings, only of whom (a 102 year-old sister) is still living as of 2020. As a teenager, he played pool at a local club with Frank Sinatra, who grew up in nearby Hoboken.
Corio worked in construction and trucking for a while, before getting a job at the Becton Dickson medical supply company, where he stayed until retirement. He married his wife, Margaret, in 1956, and they had two sons, Philip and Ron. Margaret died in 2000.
Corio moved to New Mexico in 1979. Ten years later he founded a company, Array Technologies, which is now the largest manufacturer of solar tracking systems in the United States.
Later Life and COVID-19 Survival
In 2001, after his wife's death, Corio moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to live with his son, Ron. Corio practiced carpentry as a hobby, so Ron set up a wood shop at Array Technologies, where he made things such as cutting boards and cabinets. He went there regularly until he suffered a minor stroke in April 2019, which impeded his woodworking ability.
In March 2020, both Corio and his son contracted COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic. On 13 March, Corio fainted in his bathroom and spent three days in hospital, where he was initially diagnosed with pneumonia. However, the following month, his doctor gave him an antibody test which revealed he had in fact contracted coronavirus. At 108, Corio is the oldest known male to have survived the disease as of January 2021.
- The world’s oldest COVID-19 survivor? Albuquerque Journal, 6 May 2020
- Oldest US coronavirus survivor, 108, says it was no worse for him than regular flu Metro, 13 May 2020