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Patients recovered from COVID-19 become plasma donors

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Patients recovered from COVID-19 become plasma donors


09.04.2020

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Moscow doctors began to apply a new treatment for coronavirus infected, according to RIA Novosti. The first donor plasma transfusion procedures were carried out by specialists of the Sklifosovsky Institute of Emergency Medicine and Moscow City Hospital.

According to the deputy mayor of Moscow, Anastasia Rakova, such studies have been successfully carried out by Chinese, German and American scientists. Hopefully, she added, this method will allow more effective control of the spread of coronavirus.

The first donors were eleven people who had already recovered from the disease. They have antibodies in their blood, so it can be used for treatment. Seven blood transfusions have already taken place. Plasma from one donor is enough for one to three people. The new method of treatment was approved by the clinical committee for the fight against coronavirus infection.

According to doctors, the main thing is for potential donors to understand and respond to requests for donation of plasma. The more they can procure it, the more people can be saved. A thorough examination awaits donors before donating plasma.

Andrei Bulanov, the chief freelance transfusion specialist at the Moscow Department of Health, added that the most important thing now is to establish at what stage of the disease, at what dose and in what combination with other means the transfusion will be most effective.

The director of the Sklifosovsky Institute, Sergei Petrikov, said that the plasma of cured patients is primarily transferred to severe patients.

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