Vastavam web: As the world struggles to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, even the slightest of new information about the virus can bring a fresh supply of stress. And now a new study has found that a young adult in Nevada, US has been re-infected with the novel coronavirus, marking the first confirmed case of reinfection in the country and the fourth in the world. According to the online preprint of a study that has not been reviewed by outside experts yet, researchers have found the first possible case of virus reinfection in the US after a 25-year-old in Nevada tested positive the second time. The team at the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine and the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory reported that genetic tests indicated the patient was infected with two different varieties of the virus.
Researchers are publishing a paper on his case in the medical journal The Lancet. The 25-year-old man first contracted a mild case of the deadly virus in April after he experienced symptoms like cough, headache, nausea and diarrhoea, from which he recovered. According to the researchers, he got better around April 27 and tested negative for the infection twice later. He continued to feel better for about a month. As per the study, his second case was severe, requiring him to be hospitalised and put on oxygen support. Then he was tested again for the virus and the results came out to be positive, confirming the reinfection. The team of researchers examined genetic material from both coronavirus specimens collected from the man and their evaluation suggested that he had two different viral infections.