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Unique form of COVID found in Northern Nevada

“This virus matches mostly to the European strain, most of the strain we have also seen in New York and Washington. or California,” says Dr. Subhash Verma, an Associate Professor at University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine in Microbiology and Immunology. “But one big difference of what we saw here was 50% of the variant we picked up here is unique to Northern Nevada. Northern Nevada somehow has a unique mutation which is in one of the proteins which makes the virus replicate,” says Dr. Verma.


Untimely shortage: Medical lab technicians

• KOLO Channel 8 News

Every day the staff at the state’s Public Health Lab processes tests seeking answers important--even critical-- to our health. Health screenings for the state’s infants, testing well water and, of course, infectious diseases.




Feds halt shipments of rapid COVID-19 tests to Nevada

• Las Vegas Review Journal

“No test is perfect, but there are consequences to varying degrees of less perfect,” said Mark Pandori, who directs the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory in Reno. “If false positive individuals are put into quarantine along with other truly positive people, that is very bad,” he said.


Plant Power: Food as Medicine

• edible Reno-Tahoe

For Karen Bain, dietitian, health and wellness coach, and diabetes care and education specialist at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, a plant-based diet is similar to the Mediterranean diet that health care professionals have been promoting for years. “The Mediterranean eating plan has been a great way to eat, especially for those with heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure,” Bain explains. “It is very plant centered, though it brings lean proteins into the eating plan.”


California’s New COVID Testing Lab

• KMAX-TV CBS13 Sacramento

California’s new $25 million coronavirus testing lab is supposed to revolutionize testing. The state’s $1.7 billion contract with PerkinElmer requires the diagnostics company return results out of the lab in 24 to 48 hours. CBS13 shared our results withDr. Mark Pandori, the director of Nevada’s public health lab and formally the public health lab director in San Francisco and Alameda counties.



COVID-19 Infection May Not Result In Guaranteed Total Immunity: Lancet

• Medical Dialogues

There are still many unknowns about SARS-CoV-2 infections and the immune system's response, but our findings signal that a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection may not necessarily protect against future infection," said Mark Pandori, lead author of the study and director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine



Nevada Researchers Suggest The Virus That Causes COVID-19 Is Mutating Quickly

• KUNR

“We did find certain mutations that were virtually unique to Nevada,” explains Director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, Mark Pandori. “Now, we don’t know what that means, or why that’s the case, but we did see some, what we call ‘point mutations’.”


Getting a Jump on Affordable Care Act Enrollment for 2021

• Public News Service

Dr. Alexandra Watson, a family practice physician in Reno, said first and foremost, it's important to establish a relationship with a health professional, and if you've lost health insurance, to open enroll for the Affordable Care Act starting this Sunday.




Is there a COVID-19 immunity? We asked an expert

• This is Reno

Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, said a reinfection can happen and is a common knowledge among immunologists and virologists who work on immunity in the human body and infectious diseases.



The people who have caught coronavirus twice

• The World News Great Britain

Mark Pandori, the study’s co-author and director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory says that the virus is still very new, with lots of research around the development of the virus still taking place. “We’re still learning about the biology of the virus and our own biology with regards to dealing with the virus,” he said.


UNR Helping Develop 30 Second Coronavirus Test

• KTVN Channel 2 News

University of Nevada, Reno's Center For Molecular Medicine is about to enter Phase 2 of its research on a COVID test that takes only 30 seconds to get back results.



Is Trump Immune to Coronavirus? Maybe, Maybe Not

• Voice of America

Writing in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, scientists describe the case of a 25-year-old man who was infected on two separate occasions about six weeks apart.


People are getting reinfected with COVID-19. What that means for 'herd immunity' and vaccines

• The National Post Canada

"It’s not clear how often reinfection might occur, because we’re not routinely looking for it, and a lot of work needs to go into proving it. Right now, most testing systems are geared at just keeping our heads above water," Pandori said. “We don’t necessarily have a system that’s well designed to find reinfection cases and as such I’m unwilling to say how often it does happen."


COVID-19 struck U.S. man twice, and the second time was far worse

• The Japan Times

The first study to investigate the case of a person in the U.S. who contracted COVID-19 twice found reinfection can occur swiftly and the second bout of illness can be more severe. The research, published in the Lancet medical journal, indicates that exposure to the virus may not guarantee future immunity.


Young man in US becomes fifth case of coronavirus reinfection

• The Times U.K.

A 25-year-old man has become the first person in the United States to be confirmed as having been infected with coronavirus twice. His case is the fifth confirmed Covid-19 reinfection worldwide, and specialists said it indicated that exposure to the virus did not necessarily confer total immunity.