Plasma Therapy Offers New Treatment Option To COVID-19 Patients

07 Avril, 2020, 19:08 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Could blood plasma from recovered patients offer hope

Researchers hope to use the technique to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients and boost the immune systems of health care providers and first responders.

'It is definitely overwhelming to know that in my blood, there may be answers, ' Pinckney told The Associated Press. In this partnership, the Mayo Clinic will serve as the lead institution for the program and the American Red Cross will help collect plasma and distribute it for use in patients across the country.

There's no proof it will work.

Tiffany Pinckney poses for a portrait in the Harlem neighborhood of NY.

Rohan Bavadekar, a 42-year-old from Houston, is fighting for his life on a ventilator in St. Luke's hospital in the state of Texas after being diagnosed with COVID 19. One donor's plasma may soon be used to treat up to 4 patients with the proper equipment. If treated for COVID-19 outside of Houston Methodist, recovered patients need to provide a proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test result.

Worldwide, almost 250,000 people have recovered from COVID-19, while about 65,000 of about 12 lakh infected people have succumbed to the disease. And this is one thing that people can do to help their fellow human beings'.

"We just hope it works", he said.

It works because when infection strikes, the body starts making proteins called antibodies specially created to target that germ. Historically, convalescent plasma has been used as a potentially lifesaving treatment when new diseases or infections develop quickly, and no treatments or vaccines were available yet.

This 'is not a cure per se, but rather it is a way to reduce the severity of illness, ' Henderson said.

But for now, 'they're the safest ones on the street, ' said Dr Rebecca Haley of Bloodworks Northwest in Seattle, which is working to identify donors.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the emergency treatment this week.

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These are called convalescent plasma and hyperimmune globulin are antibody-rich blood products made from blood donated by people who have recovered from the virus.

Casadevall is the leader of a project that brings to 34 hospitals and universities in 17 states European Union preparing to make clinical trials plasma convalescent patients Covid-19. Dozens of hospitals formed that group to spur plasma donation and research.

Only those who are symptom-free are invited to donate, and will be required to take a test to prove the virus has been eliminated from their body, and that their antibody levels are high enough.

Likewise, Sinai Medical Center in New York City began its own trials on Saturday.

While quarantined for coronavirus, Tiffany was separate from and anxious about her children, ages nine and 16.

"Under President Trump's leadership, the FDA is launching a new national effort to bring blood-related therapies for COVID-19 to market as fast as possible", said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

'You don't want to take plasma from someone who had a mediocre immune response. "That wouldn't be helpful", said Dr. Julie Ledgerwood, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The third Indian-American who is in the critical stage preferred to stay anonymous and is waiting for the plasma transfusion for the treatment at Memorial Hermann hospital here.

As mentioned, Canada isn't the only country now part of these studies, as many others that have been fighting the virus earlier like China, South Korea and Singapore, and they've actively been collecting convalescent plasma for this same objective. But there is much testing that still needs doing. Other teams, including at Beijing's Tsinghua University, are hunting which antibodies are most potent, to copy in a lab and turn into drugs. America's Blood Centers is not affiliated with the American Red Cross.

She got sick the first week of March. She couldn't catch her breath, and deep breathing caused chest pains.

"It's humbling", said the mom of two sons, ages 9 and 16. "Community blood centers are the backbone of the nation's blood supply and help facilitate the gift of life for patients in need every day". "And for me, it's also a beacon of hope for someone else".

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