Infected NBA players donating blood for experimental plasma treatment

01 Avril, 2020, 16:28 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston. Celtics guard Marcus Smart says he has been cleared by medical official

As Shams Charania reported, Smart's blood will be researched by a Convalescent Plasma Project. Doctors are using supportive care, and in serious cases must rely on oxygen, ventilators and experimental medications to help patients recover. These antibodies are transferred via transfusion to someone fighting off the virus. After you recover from an illness, you keep the antibodies used to fight that virus on file in your immune system.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), a state health watchdog, said Wednesday that it would work out guidelines on the safe use of plasma after Yonsei University's Severance Hospital Blood injected the plasma of fully-treated patients into three critically ill patients. "Now it's still investigational, so we don't know if it's going to work for COVID-19".

Joyner believes the experimental treatment "can be disease-modifying and reduce duration and severity in some patients". The therapy utilizes the antibodies in blood from recovered patients to potentially curb the virus in sick patients.

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The therapy, known as convalescent serum therapy, was used as early as the 1910s, in response to the Spanish Flu. Mighty contributor Kate Mazzarella, who faced a life-threatening Epstein-Barr virus infection, said it was plasma treatments that finally helped her condition.

Boston Assistant GM and team counsel Mike Zarren took the news as an opportunity to share where others can do the same, linking to a donor form for the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project on Twitter.

According to Charania, the National Basketball Association has asked the recovered players and staff to consider donating their plasma.

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