Day: September 2, 2020

First Case of COVID-19 Reinfection Confirmed

A 33-year-old man in Hong Kong may represent the first confirmed case of reinfection, researchers in Hong Kong said.

The man was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26, hospitalized, then recovered. He tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 again on August 15, and whole genome sequencing of viral isolates from the two episodes indicated they were from different clades, reported Kwok-Yung Yuen, MD, of the University of Hong Kong, and colleagues in a manuscript they said had been accepted for publication in Clinical Infectious Diseases, but not yet published.

That is almost unassailable evidence that the man was infected a second time, and another indication, albeit far from definitive, that immunity to SARS-CoV-2 may not last very long.

Interestingly, the patient was asymptomatic during his second infection, the authors said.

Reinfection was suspected in a few previous cases of COVID-19, but never documented. Many experts believed what appeared to be reinfection

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Arizona rejects bid from Mountainside Fitness, others get green light to reopen early

Corrections and Clarifications: A previous version of this article should have included Cochise and La Paz counties among those counties that the Arizona Department of Health Services rates in the yellow, or “moderate” category, of COVID-19 spread.

Arizona health officials on Monday denied an application from Scottsdale-based Mountainside Fitness to reopen even as it gave the green light to a handful more gyms and a bar to reopen with limited capacity.

Mountainside led a lawsuit against Gov. Doug Ducey and the Department of Health Services challenging the June 29 order to close certain businesses to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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The judge, in that case, decided that the DHS and governor must give the businesses an opportunity to reopen. DHS did that two weeks ago with a complex set of requirements to reopen, either

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A visit to the DMV and the dentist in the same day | Opinion

Mike Gibbons


If you are thinking of a perfect Tuesday, I am guessing you do it by starting with a visit to the DMV, and then close with a visit to the dentist.

Yes, this was my recent Tuesday, when I had these two delightful events bookend my day.

I wouldn’t have normally planned it this way. My dentist appointment had been set for many months. And my DMV visit was dictated by living in a pandemic world. I had to get a replacement for an expired plate, so I had to actually go into the DMV, for which you need to set an appointment.

In pre-pandemic times, I usually just do a drop-in at the DMV. I live right around the corner from one, so I zip over at various times, gauge the line, and if it’s a problem, I just come back another time. But these are not

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Great-grandmother beats coronavirus after five months in hospital and rehab

Marie Delus had not touched her mother since she took her to a New York City emergency room in March.

a little girl standing in front of a refrigerator: Marie Jean-Pierre is welcomed back to her home in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday, August 29, after spending five months in the hospital and rehab with Covid-19.

© Courtesy Marie Delus
Marie Jean-Pierre is welcomed back to her home in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday, August 29, after spending five months in the hospital and rehab with Covid-19.

But after more than five months in a hospital and nursing home, Delus’ mother, Marie Jean-Pierre, was released on Saturday, her family told CNN.

Jean-Pierre, 73, was admitted to Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn on March 21 with a low-grade fever and difficulty breathing. After testing positive for coronavirus, she was intubated and later placed on a ventilator, according to her daughter. At some point, she received a tracheotomy.

“She was fighting every step of the way. She was fighting the doctors, she was fighting the nurses,” Marie Delus said. “She didn’t want to be on the ventilator.”

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