Coronavirus Reinfection in US

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Day 157: Stay Safe Minnesota

First documented case of COVID-19 reinfection has been reported from a 25-year-old man in US.

In the CNN Health, reporter Jacqueline Howard writes that US has first documented case of COVID-19 reinfection from Navada. She writes that a team researcher from the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine and the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory confirmed from genetic tests that a 25-year-old patient was infected with two different varieties of the virus.

The patient was first diagnosed with coronavirus in April after he had a sore throat, cough, headache, nausea and diarrhea. He got better around April 27, and he tested negative for the virus twice afterwards. [..] Then on May 31 he sought care for fever, headache, dizziness, cough, nausea and diarrhea. Five days later, he was hospitalized and required ongoing oxygen support. He was tested again for Covid-19 and the results were positive.

Study authors (source: CNN)

Documented Reinfection Cases

The first documented case of COVID-19 reinfection was reported from a 33-year-old-man living in Hong Kong. In the Hill, Nathaniel Weixel writes there are reports of reinfections from the Netherlands and Belgium as well.

Viruses mutate and that means that a potential vaccine is not going to be a vaccine that will last forever, for 10 years, probably not even five years. Just as for flu, this will have to be redesigned quite regularly.

Marc Van Ranst, Belgian Virologist (source: The Hill)

“Infectious disease experts said reinfections are normal and should be expected, and caution against drawing broad conclusions” writes the Hill.

Coronavirus Pandemic Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of Aug 30, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 75,189 (out of 1,478,432 tested) with 1,816 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of Aug 30, 2:28 p.m.) there are 5,987,975 confirmed covid19 infection with 182,885 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 25,085,129 with 843,945 deaths.