Elderly Woman Grabs Stick, Beats Back Creepy COVID Tester - Video Seen 1.5 Million Times


Not all heroes wear capes — and they don’t need to be young or strong, either.

In a viral video that’s been watched over 1.5 million times as of Wednesday morning, an elderly woman being forced to take a COVID swab test by an individual in a hazmat suit fights the health worker off with a stick.

While it’s unclear where and when the video was shot, the footage comes as a series of draconian lockdowns have been imposed in the Chinese city of Shanghai.

(Here at The Western Journal, we’ve been opposed to all lockdowns since the beginning of the pandemic — and now that we’re approaching something resembling normalcy, we’ll continue to hold politicians that robbed us of our freedom to account. You can help us by subscribing.)

Again, little is known about the provenance of the video. although one widely viewed version of it was posted by Twitter user @ileana_altman on Friday.

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Actor James Woods also tweeted Ileana’s video, noting, “Heroes come in all sizes.”

Others praised the elderly woman:

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The best information on who the woman was or where the video originated comes from Spanish news agency EFE, which confirmed the footage was from China.

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“The detection of just one case can lead to the forced confinement of hundreds of people in a single residential building. In other cases, shopping malls and schools have been forced into lockdown until all contacts have undergone a PCR test,” a March 29 EFE report read.

“While PCR tests are readily available in urban areas, in rural settings things get more complicated and the population can be reticent to comply with protocol, as illustrated by a another recent video in which an elderly woman who starts beating a health worker with a cane as they try get ready to collect a sample.”

As for what happened after the cameras stopped rolling — well, one shudders to think. One hopes her self-defense paid off.

Unfortunately, as we’ve seen from the footage from Shanghai — where the lockdown has been felt the most acutely — officials, unfortunately, end up winning these battles and winning them decisively.

The lockdowns are part of China’s “zero COVID” policy, which has sought to prevent outbreaks of any sort by sealing its borders and confining residents to their homes.

Groceries and other supplies have reportedly grown scarce and, despite the potential consequences from a government not known to tolerate dissent — gladly or otherwise — protests have broken out in the city.

“Food shortages have forced some residents to resort to bartering. A barrage of criticism of the authorities’ response to the crisis has left the normally efficient internet censors unable to keep up,” the U.K. Guardian reported Sunday.

“Online, many residents are not only questioning the way the outbreak is being dealt with, but also Beijing’s official narrative, which emphasizes the collective good. Footage of localized protests have been uploaded to Chinese social media. They have been taken down by the censors, but have reappeared on western platforms such as Twitter and Facebook – both of which are blocked in China.”

Whether the sight of an elderly woman fighting back against a forced swab test the only way she could — with her stick — somehow manages to arouse both awareness and anger at the situation in Shanghai and the rest of China remains to be seen.

However, there’s something we ought to remember in all of this:

Perhaps not as harshly, no. But there are still millions of people who believe we still need to be living like it’s March of 2020. Just look at the freak-out over the lifting of the mask mandate on airplanes, for example.

If you want to know where a perpetual war on COVID would lead, just watch this video. It may not look this bad in America, but it still won’t be pretty.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Morristown, New Jersey
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture