Can Blood Plasma of Recovered COVID-19 Patients Help Prevent Infection in Others?
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- COVID-19 survivors in their numbers are donating their blood plasma in hopes that clinicians may find it useful to cure or prevent the infection in others
- Thousands of coronavirus patients in hospitals around the world have been treated with convalescent plasma with varying evidence that it has any benefit
- While more testing is ongoing to determine its usefulness as a potential COVID-19 treatment, a researcher is launching a nationwide study to determine how useful it could be for prophylaxis against the infection
- The study would involve 150 volunteers including health workers and residents of nursing homes who would receive either plasma from COVID-19 survivors or regular plasma from uninfected patients
- The researcher hopes that if it works, it would be the biggest breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19 until a vaccine arrives