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First confirmed COVID-19 reinfection case reported in U.S.

• WFTV 9 News ABC Orlando

We now have the first confirmed U.S. case of someone getting reinfected with COVID-19. Scientists published a report about it on Monday, the same day President Donald Trump spoke at a rally in Sanford, where he said that he might be immune.




25-year-old man first in U.S. to catch COVID-19 twice, researchers say

• CBS News

A 25-year-old man is believed to be the first person in the United States — and North America — to be infected with COVID-19 twice, according to researchers. The man, a resident of Washoe County in Nevada, first tested positive for the virus in April and then again in June, researchers said in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, a medical journal.


First Case Of COVID-19 Reinfection Confirmed In U.S.

• Newsy

Researchers tracked the case in Washoe County, Nevada. They say a 25-year-old man with no other health conditions tested positive twice: first in April, then again in June. In between, he tested negative.


Funding for brain-related disease study

• KRNV Channel 4 News

Robert Renden, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of physiology and cell biology at UNR Med was recently awarded a competitive, three-year, $1.5 million grant from the NIH to identify pharmacological approaches for restoring brain energy production, in order to treat brain-degenerative diseases associated with aging.


UNR Med researcher Robert Renden, Ph.D., awarded 1.5 million

• KOLO Channel 8 News

Robert Renden, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of physiology and cell biology at UNR Med was recently awarded a competitive, three-year, $1.5 million grant from the NIH to identify pharmacological approaches for restoring brain energy production, in order to treat brain-degenerative diseases associated with aging.



UNR: COVID-19 rapid test has 'successful' lab results

• KVVU Fox 5 Las Vegas

The University of Nevada, Reno says it has had successful preliminary lab results with a COVID-19 test that takes 30 seconds to produce a result. A professor from the University’s College of Engineering Chemical and Materials Department says the rapid test would allow for disease detection without the need for a laboratory setting or licensed health care workers.






Covid-19 Reinfection Documented in Nevada Adds to Questions on Virus Immunity

• The Wall Street Journal

“We know that it certainly is in fact possible to be reinfected with this virus, and for the second infection to be as severe, or more severe, than the first one,” said Mark Pandori, an author of the paper who is director of Nevada’s state public health lab and an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. It still isn’t clear how common such reinfections are, he said.


US confirms its first case of COVID-19 reinfection: Healthy Nevada man, 25, contracted coronavirus twice in 48 days and had to be put on oxygen after getting SICKER during his second bout with the virus

• Daily Mail

Dr Mark Pandori, from the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory and who led the study, told DailyMail.com the patient may have received a 'very high dose' of the virus to become re-infected. This would have 'overwhelmed' the immune system, he said, leading to a more serious infection.




US Reports First Confirmed COVID-19 Reinfection Patient

• Contagion Live - Infectious Diseases Today

A new case study published in The Lancet Infectious Disease Monday evening describes a young adult male in Washoe County who tested positive for 2 distinct SARS-CoV-2 variants within a 48-day timeframe, while having had 2 separate negative test results in between positive cases.



Man, 25, catches coronavirus twice in first such US case

• The Guardian

Researchers in the US have reported the country’s first confirmed case of coronavirus reinfection. A 25-year-old man with no known immune disorders or underlying conditions was infected with Covid-19 on two separate occasions, according to a study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.


Creating a healthy Nevada too big a job for one organization alone | Schwenk, Slonim

• Reno Gazette Journal

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Renown Health are better and stronger together than we are apart. We recently signed a letter of intent to strengthen our affiliation and to advance health and health care through world-class medical education, clinical research and patient care for our community.


Local woman’s elderberry syrup gaining popularity amid coronavirus and fire season

• KOLO Channel 8 News

A Clinical Dietician at UNR Med, Karen Bain said, elderberry is filled with nutrients like flavonoids and vitamins. According to Bain there are some analysis and commentaries on elderberry. Bain said research says the berry could help with the common cold or flu. As for COVID-19, Bain said, “The use of elderberry supplements can be considered at an early course of the disease, that’s one of the reviews, that says, hey it’s worth a try, it could help, maybe it doesn’t, but its not harmful."


This survivor may have had Covid-19 twice

• CNN

Scientists from the University of Nevada at Reno and the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory reported on August 28 in a pre-print study that a 25-year-old man had tested positive with two distinctly different coronavirus infections.