Blood-y great! Warsaw docs to use blood of recovered COVID-19 victims to help new sufferers
A new method of treating coronavirus patients by administering blood plasma donated by people who have already recovered from COVID-19, has been introduced in a Warsaw hospital.
The Central Clinical Hospital of Ministry of the Interior and Administration (MSWiA) set up a special team to work on the treatment and after just two weeks it is already showing positive results.
The antibodies present in the blood plasma of people who recovered from coronavirus can directly help patients suffering from COVID-19 and attack the virus.
A hospital spokesman said: “This is a promising method which may contribute to a faster fight against the epidemic.
“At the same time, similar projects have started in the USA and Italy, and we are pleased that we will be one of the first countries to offer this method of treatment to patients.”
Because the number of people who recovered from the virus and have the necessary antibodies is growing, these patients most susceptible to the coronavirus, the elderly and those with weaker immune systems, have a higher chance of survival.
The therapy utilizing blood plasma is also being tested and used in Spain, South Korea, and Russia.
At the same time the MSWIA hospital is encouraging everyone to donate blood.
The lockdown caused significant shortages and everyone who is healthy and doesn’t suffer from any chronic diseases can be a donor.
A SARS-CoV-2 test will be administered before the actual donation.