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How Effective is Plasma Therapy for Patients Suffering from COVID-19?

Who is not aware of the pandemic disease COVID-19 and its side-effects? It’s not that only one or two countries are the victim of this disease. More than 210 countries and union territories have been victimized currently according to the data. People are getting infected and dying with an exponential growth day by day.

Almost in every country, there is a lockdown situation, and nobody knows that when this is going to end. In this bad time, doctors are making every possible effort to save the lives of people. Do you know plasma therapy has a significant role in this all situation? Let us understand how effective plasma therapy is for patients suffering from COVID-19. But let us understand about plasma therapy first.

There are approximately 2.9 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 203 thousand deaths till 26th April 2020. And you know what the worst part is? There is no vaccination or cure until now. Kids, adults and old age people are dying, suffering continuously. It’s not that only infected people are facing a hard time; everybody is altogether in this.

People are suffering physically, mentally, psychologically, and economically because of this problem. Everybody is staying home by leaving their works. Students are not going to schools anymore, and the markets are closed. Social distancing is the only precaution that everybody is adapting by staying at home.

Do you know what plasma therapy is?

Doctors say that our body can heal itself. Plasma therapy is a kind of that healing. It is also known as platelet-rich plasma therapy; it is a type of regenerative medicine. In simple words, plasma therapy is the process of the growth of the factors naturally, which helps in the healing of the body. You should know that the plasma is the liquid part of our blood and is composed of the proteins and the water.

It works as a medium for the white blood cells, red blood cells, and other platelets to flow throughout the body. These platelets are also known as thrombocytes. And these thrombocytes do the function of the growth of healing. Hence platelet activation plays an important role in the healing process of the body. It causes natural healing. 

Now let us talk about plasma therapy in COVID-19. Convalescent plasma therapy has been suggested as an empirical treatment by the world health organization (WHO). This sample is collected from patients of Ebola virus disease, who has recovered now. This is the only possible treatment of this outbreak now.

Patients treated with convalescent plasma showed a significant reduction in the relative risk of mortality in history as well. Before this COVID-19, there were other pandemics like influenza A H1N1 (H1N1pdm09) virus infection, a prospective cohort study by Hung and colleagues; this trend has been shown. Besides that, this therapy has not shown any negative results and effects on the patients.

WHO says that the current focus of disease management is

  • Prevention of the Infection 
  • Case detection
  • Patient monitoring
  • Supportive care

However, in the absence of any evidence no specific treatment is recommended. Some patients have recovered from viral infections.

What are the benefits of Plasma Therapy?

These are some reasons why plasma therapy is considered as the potential cure of COVID:

  • First of all, it develops a primary immune response within 10-14 days.
  • After that, it causes virus-clearance
  • It is a strong barrier to the virus spread at earlier stages of the infection.

Hence it can be worthwhile for the patient of COVID-19. This is the only reason that different countries have already started testing for this therapy.

How is it helping COVID-19 patients?

It’s working effectively, the reason behind this: in this therapy, the immunity of a healthy person can be transferred to the suffering or sick person. It is done by using Convalescent plasma.

Convalescent plasma in this situation is referred to as the plasma transferred by the recovered patient’s body.

How can Plasma Therapy work?

In this therapy, doctors withdraw the blood from the body of a person who has been recovered from the corona virus-19 disease. After that this serum is separated. The next step is to do the screening of this serum for virus-neutralizing antibodies. After that, this is used to treat the patients suffering from COVID-19.

Do you know?

Do you know that when any pathogen attacks our immune system, it releases or antibodies? In plasma therapy, these anti-bodies released from the patients who have been recovered are used.

When does it work most effectively?  

The plasma therapy shows the best results in mild cases. In mild cases, at the beginning stage, the immunity can be produced very easily. However, in severe and adverse cases, it takes time to get recover.

What is the history of Plasma therapy?

After reading this you must be curious about the concept “where did this idea come from?” You must know that the concept of this therapy is of the way back in the centuries. Much similar Flu in the past has been treated like that only. The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, diphtheria outbreak in the 1920s and flesh-eating bacteria epidemic in the 1930s are the best examples of this. In these cases, this concept was used. 

Hence you must have gained some relief after reading this information. So all you need to do is stay safe, stay at your homes for some more time. We all are going to get over this bad phase. So don’t bother, keep social distancing, and follow the rules of government strictly. We hope that plasma therapy proves the best and effective in the treatment of all the suffering and infected people. However, the results shown by the therapy are already positive. People are getting recovered at a good rate. What can be better news than that? Plasma Therapy is the only savior during this pandemic.

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