How Blood Plasma Therapy Could Help Fight COVID-19

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

There’s some exciting preliminary evidence that something called “blood plasma therapy” might be an option when it comes to treating COVID-19—but what exactly is blood plasma therapy and how sure we we that it will work?
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A national initiative called the Expanded Access Program has been jump started by Dr. Michael Joyner and his team in order to help determine where exactly plasma therapy fits into the current COVID-19 pandemic.

If Dr. Joyner and his team can prove plasma therapy works for COVID-19, it could be a viable option to control the virus’ spread

We spoke with Dr. Joyner to hear more about the research his team is doing and to learn more about how blood plasma therapy works and what it could not only mean for treating COVID-19 but also future pandemics.

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National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project

We are a group of physicians and scientists from 57 institutions in 46 states who have self-organized for the purpose of investigating the use of convalescent plasma in the current COVID-19 pandemic. The nucleus of the organization sprung from a coalition of biomedical researchers assembled several years ago to refocus studies of health and disease more squarely on public health priorities.

COVID-19 expanded access program

Responding to the unprecedented challenge of fighting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the U.S. Government is supporting a national Expanded Access Program to collect and provide convalescent plasma to patients in need across the country. Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients contains antibodies that may help fight the disease. Working collaboratively with industry, academic, and government partners, Mayo Clinic will serve as the lead institution for the program.

What Is Convalescent Blood Plasma, and Why Do We Care About It?

Those antibodies — your internal army working to vanquish foreign invaders — are contained in plasma. And once you’ve recovered, or convalesced, from a given virus, those antibodies stick around in your plasma for a certain amount of time, ready to fight that virus if it comes back. That length of time varies, and each virus requires its own antibodies, meaning that SARS antibodies, for example, are powerless to stop MERS. But here’s the thing: Your soldiers can sometimes fight for other people. Doctors can extract convalescent plasma from a recovered patient, then transfuse it into a patient who is fighting the disease you recovered from. This means your antibodies may help that person’s own immune system in its war against the disease by accelerating the time it takes to develop its own army of antibodies.
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Seeker May 18, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Hi Seekers, thanks for watching! If you’ve recovered from COVID-19 you might qualify as a donor. To find out, visit the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project’s website here: https://ccpp19.org and for more COVID-19 coverage check out our playlist here: https://bit.ly/sk-coronavirusplaylist

aLaa aLi May 18, 2020 - 10:46 PM

There is just one issue.. If plasma therapy is effective, the pharma will make no money.. So no funding will go to studies for it.

Claxiux May 18, 2020 - 10:47 PM

Iranians figured this out 1st. Credit where credit is due!

Girish Pandey May 19, 2020 - 12:14 AM

Thanks for highlighting every aspect of blood plasma therapy

Kyo PR May 19, 2020 - 12:56 AM

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RockStarholic May 19, 2020 - 2:42 AM

The asexualized universal man image needs to be outlawed. Its misandry. Men have penises, either uphold that simple truth or put some shorts on the poor guy.

ThatMahn May 19, 2020 - 4:09 AM

This is how the zombie apocalypse starts ._.

Edgardo Sumagaysay May 19, 2020 - 6:29 AM

I really like how you explain things

Girish Gupta May 19, 2020 - 7:43 AM

It is already in use in india from April for Stage 2 Covid-19 patients . And initial results are very promising but the only hindrance is availability of plasma from recovered patients.????‍♂️

sergioh’s May 19, 2020 - 8:49 AM

Could you imagine it wasn’t just getting a little sick because I was sleeping in my car during winter time but actual covid

Akhil Rana May 19, 2020 - 7:12 PM

3:54
Did he just say "opportunity"

Saul Goodman May 20, 2020 - 12:11 AM

They have been using plasma for 100 years. It is proven that it works.

kamaljeet singh May 20, 2020 - 1:53 AM

covid-19 is here to stay for a very long time. Accept the fact and embrace the life with coronavirus.

Abbas Jaffery May 20, 2020 - 2:48 AM

In Pakistan Dr Shamsi from Karachi has introduced it first time that passive immunization can be preventive cure for covid 19 in February 2020 n its been experimented. ARY News broke the story.

Regan Orr May 20, 2020 - 5:14 AM

Hydroxychloroquine plus Zinc cures Covid 19!

Josh Sinclair May 20, 2020 - 10:07 AM

Anyone else awake or is everyone still asleep about the whole situation?

taguchitoma May 20, 2020 - 11:13 AM

wow now they are openly pushing drenochrome

Israel T. May 20, 2020 - 2:13 PM

How disgusting to inject someones bodily fluids into ones organism.. Is this the best they can come up with?

Shamim Shaikh May 22, 2020 - 8:18 AM

Lemme tell you frankly if we as a human play with our genetic we can found the sort turn benifits but it's barbaric for the entire human race . I mean after generation which is came it's like hybrid animals or plants we can see it's pretty because it's a new innovation but after the wise you will found those surviving with there life …! Think about

Samrat Kadiyam May 22, 2020 - 7:06 PM

Please utterly cutdown the mild background score also. It is still disturbing.

JB_LOX May 23, 2020 - 4:32 AM

Excellent

timegoesby12 May 27, 2020 - 3:09 AM

This bullocks Dr Donno is having 100% success 0 death ☠ in more than a month.
In Italy ?? have done autopsies and understood the reason of people dying.
The pandemic is over.
You need to preach lies ? to promote a vaccine ? that won't even work.

twothreebravo May 28, 2020 - 2:02 PM

Wait…I thought O type was the Universal Donor. I know it is for Blood anyway (I know, I'm type O). If it's not for plasma, an explanation why would be helpful.

Charles Rankin May 29, 2020 - 12:15 AM

I literally just read a news article of a woman who, hours before being put on a ventilator, recovered quickly thanks to this treatment.

The Breakfast Clubber June 14, 2020 - 5:20 AM

i’ve lost hope when i hear ‘covid-19 possible cure’ because they actually mean ‘cure is coming in the next few years’ or ‘never’

i heard the cure would come around the end of 2019 but it didn’t, then i hear it’s coming on april… and it didn’t again. then later they say it will come by 2024. wtf?

they really should stop doing these predictions because they keep getting people’s hopes up for nothing. plus, why are their so many dates for when the cure is coming??? the news stations and scientist really are trying to predict the future like physics.

21st century July 8, 2020 - 12:29 PM

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@DhruvPatel21

Emmanuel Ponce July 16, 2020 - 11:51 AM

The Need For Money Spread It.

Gnostic God July 21, 2020 - 3:22 AM

This is unnecessary and in reality this is what medical cannibalism looks like

Gnostic God July 21, 2020 - 3:22 AM

You can get immunoglobulins from Colostrum and Bovine Serum

Java & Neurology July 23, 2020 - 4:32 PM

I m a medical student & I have made a video on plasma donation to motivate covid recovered persons to donate plasma
https://youtu.be/WBPUbHwC98k