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Facts To Know About Plasma Therapy:

The COVID-19 counter with new positive cases, deaths and number of tests. In India the out break is accelerating and clearly reaching the peak of the pandemic.



Till the date no drug or no vaccine has been approved for treating COVID-19. But the people who have recovered so far from Corona Virus have antibodies- proteins the body uses to fight off infections to the disease in their blood.


In such a way the researchers attempt Convalescent Plasma Therapy as an experimental therapy. The Convalescent Plasma is the blood from people who have recovered. Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood.


The scientists desire that Convalescent plasma can be given to people with severe corona virus patient to boost their ability to fight against virus. Recently, the health care professionals and researches have been looking into the possibility of using this method of treat people with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by SARS-COV-2 virus, across the world.


The Convalescent Plasma therapy has both benefits and risks as well. The therapy is used for over 100 years. The blood and Plasma have been used to treat many other conditions. Some of the doctors are already using Convalescent Plasma therapy in some cases. Now multiple studies that have shown that when people recover from the virus, they have in their blood neutralizing antibodies that are able to kill the virus.


According Dr. Casadevall "although people differ greatly in the amount of antibodies that they make- some make large amounts, some make small amount- the good news is that most have (them).


In the foreign countries, the Plasma project have already been trailing this method as widely as possible. But demonstrating this procedure's safety is essential because of the risks inherent to the transfusion of blood or blood components.


Continued with this the health care professionals says, there is also the issue that adding more liquid volume into a person's vascular system could lead to risky overload.

In India, according to the health ministry , Plasma therapy is not an approved treatment for COVID-19 and is only one of the several therapies which is being explored currently. The therapy is still at an experimental stage and the Indian Council for Medical Research is currently studying its efficacy.


On the other face, according to the WHO Director General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19, 'the number of deaths appears to have leveled off globally, in reality some countries have made significant progress in reducing the number of deaths, while in other countries deaths are still on the rise'.


"Where there has been progress in reducing deaths, countries have implemented targeted actions toward the most vulnerable groups, for example those people, living in long term care facilities."


Anyways, national unity and global solidarity are more important than ever to defeat a common enemy, a virus that has taken the world hostage.


Sindhu Mangalawedha

Journalist

Syrafills Media Magazine

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