Doctors around the world are already using or are planning to resort to plasma therapy to treat COVID-19 patients, a method that has been used to help sick people get back on their feet for more than a hundred years. The treatment involves taking plasma from the blood of survivors and injecting it into sick patients. After someone has a disease and recovers their blood is full of antibodies created by the immune system to fight the illness off. The hope is that by putting the plasma containing the antibodies into sick patients’ bloodstreams, their recovery time can improve. Does it work? A handful of people have received the treatment in China and they got better, but scientists say there isn’t enough data to conclude that it works. That is why controlled clinical trials have started around the world to prove whether it is efficient to treat patients with COVID-19 and test the safety of the method. Craig Devoe, an associate professor at the Feinstein Institutes, is leading the trials in the United States. "Plasma therapy dates back to the 1890s and has had a historical impact on outbreaks of diseases like measles, mumps and influenza," he said. But, Pierre… Read full this story
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