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25 Year Old May Have Gotten Covid-19 Coronavirus Twice, And The Reinfection Might Have Been Worse

• Forbes

Throughout this bleeping pandemic, a key question has been whether you can get the Covid-19 coronavirus more than once. Well this past week, several different reports seemed to kick the “can” around. And now there’s a report of a 25-year old man in Reno, Nevada, getting re-infected that adds to the can-can dance. Oh, by the way, the news was worse the second time around.

REPORT: Nevada man re-infected by COVID-19 after fully recovering

• KSNV News 3 NBC Las Vegas

“We examined the genomic material of the viruses and samples to investigate this," said Mark Pandori, Ph.D., Director at Nevada State Public Health Laboratory. “It is just one finding, but it shows that a person can possibly become infected with SARS-CoV-2 a second time.”

Doctors find possible case of Covid-19 reinfection in US


"After one recovers from COVID-19, we still do not know how much immunity is built up, how long it may last, or how well antibodies play a role in protection against a reinfection," Mark Pandori, the director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, said in a news release Thursday.

Nevada man becomes first in the US to catch COVID-19 twice

• The New York Post

Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, said in a statement that the fact that a person was reinfected “on such a short timeline” indicates “there may be implications for the efficacy of vaccines developed to fight the disease,” as well as for herd immunity.

COVID-19 reinfection reported in Nevada patient, researchers say

• The Washington Post

Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory reported that genetic sequencing of the virus revealed that he had been infected with a slightly different strain, indicating a true reinfection.

Nevada lab confirms 1st coronavirus reinfection in the US

• ABC News

Earlier this week, the world was dealing head-on with what was believed to be the world's first documented case of coronavirus reinfection in Hong Kong. Now, less than a week later, researchers in the United States are reporting their first documented case of a patient who got COVID, recovered and then got it again.

UNR Med researcher advances understanding of GI tract

• Pahrump Valley Times

Research led by Kent Sanders, chair of the department of physiology and cell biology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, is contributing significant scientific understanding of activity in the gastrointestinal tract known as motility.


• KSNV News 3 Las Vegas

Embedded in the DNA of COVID-19 is a detailed code, and unlocking it, say scientists, could turn the tables in the fight against the coronavirus. “The power of this genomic information could really erupt,” said Dr. Pandori.

Renown Children’s Hospital adds new interactive area made possible by Panda Express

• KOLO Channel 8 News

“We are very fortunate to have such generous partners like the people behind Panda Express® who want to help our patients and their families, as well as our expert pediatric care teams,” said Max J Coppes, MD, PhD, Professor and Nell J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics at UNR Med and Physician in Chief at Renown Children’s Hospital.

People: Dr. Abhinaya Rao, new physician for Northern Nevada Medical Group

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

Northern Nevada Medical Group recently announced the addition of internal medicine physician Abhinaya Rao, MD. Dr. Rao completed an internal medicine residency at UNR Med with positions at Renown Health and the VA Medical Center.

What happens when COVID-19 and flu converge? We’ll soon find out.

• Las Vegas Review Journal

To meet the demands of the flu and coronavirus convergence, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have designed a new “combo” test that will test for both influenza and the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, said Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory in Reno.