Covid 19: Two South Korean citizens are recovering from the Corona virus thanks to blood plasma.
Two elderly patients who suffered severe pneumonia due to complications from the Corona virus were successfully recovering from the blood plasma of people who had already contracted the corona virus, it was said on Tuesday, instilling hope during the global epidemic.
Scientists have pointed out the possible benefits of using blood plasma from recovered patients that have developed antibodies to the virus, and thus helping the body to recover. Since December 2019, when it first appeared in China, 75,000 people have died from the Corona virus.
"There is a high posability that plasma treatment will become an alternative method of treating critically ill patients who do not respond to antiviral drugs," said Choi Yun-iong, a doctor and researcher at the hospital, but more serious clinical research is needed. he added.
The first patient was a 71-year-old man who only got better when he received blood plasma from a recovered 20-year-old, along with steroid therapy. He was originally given anti-malarial drugs and was on a respirator due to severe pneumonia.
Another patient, a 67-year-old woman who also did not respond positively to initial therapy, which included drugs to treat malaria, HIV, and oxygen therapy. Her recovery also began when she began receiving plasma therapy and steroids, the researchers said.
This discovery was also published in the professional journal of Korean medicine.
Kwon Yun Wook, from the Seoul Centers for Disease Control, said that plasma therapy was "important" when there was currently no vaccine against the Corona virus, as well as no official drugs to treat the Corona virus.
Studies have shown efficacy in plasma treatment and in diseases such as Ebola and SARS.
In France, research has begun involving 60 patients in Parisian hospitals, half of whom will receive plasma treatment from patients who have already contracted the Corona virus.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed doctors to experiment with a strategy to fight the Corona virus, and testing is also being done in China.
South Korea has gone through one of the worst early epidemics of the virus, but it seems to have brought it under control thanks to its program that included "testing and treatment."
Are pregnant women at greater risk of developing Coronavirus?
Research is currently underway to understand the effects of COVID 19 infection on pregnant women. Data are limited, but there is currently no evidence that they are at higher risk of serious disease than the general population. However, due to changes in their body and immune system, we know that pregnant women can have a bad effect on some respiratory infections. It is therefore important that they take protective measures to protect themselves from COVID-19 and report possible symptoms (including fever, cough or difficulty breathing) to their doctor. The WHO will continue to review and update its information and advice when additional evidence becomes available.
Myths and facts about the Corona virus
Myth 1: Wearing a mask will protect me 100%
Fact: Wearing lightweight disposable surgical masks is recommended for everyone, but since they do not adhere completely to the face, small particles of the virus can enter the nose, mouth or eyes. People who are already ill must wear these masks to protect others from infection. Professional, well-fitting masks such as the N95 can protect healthcare professionals who care for patients.
Myth 2: I will know exactly when I am sick, because I will have symptoms
Fact: The virus does not have to give any symptoms at all. Some people may not even know they are infected. More serious symptoms include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, and fatigue. In some cases severe pneumonia, lung damage, sepsis and septic shock can develop, which can lead to death.
Myth 3: I am more likely to get sick if I belong to an older age
Fact: People of all ages can be infected with the new Corona virus, yet older people and people with pre-existing diseases may be more prone to complications than the Corona virus.
Myth 4: The Corona virus test is scary and painful
Fact: Although you may feel uncomfortable when performing the test, it is not scary and does not cause any pain. The diagnosis is made by taking a swab from the nose and throat.
Myth 5: There is no way to protect myself from viruses. It's only a matter of time before I get it
Fact: You can protect yourself by taking care of good hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing and sneezing, when going to the toilet, as well as before and after food preparation. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and throat with unwashed hands. Stay at home when you are sick. When coughing or sneezing, use tissues and throw them in the trash immediately after use. Avoid close contact with anyone who coughs or sneezes.
Myth 6. They can get sick from passers-by because the Corona virus is an air disease
Fact: No. You cannot be infected with the Corona virus through the air. Corona virus is not an air disease. The virus can survive in the air for several hours, but you cannot become infected in that way under normal conditions. The virus is most commonly spread by droplets. Coronavirus is a larger and heavier virus than other known respiratory viruses. The virus can "travel" only two meters before falling to the ground. Laboratory findings have shown that small particles can survive for several hours, but there is no evidence that humans can become infected.
Myth 7. I will get seriously ill if I become infected with the Corona virus
Fact: Research conducted by Chinese experts has shown that 80 percent of cases are of lower intensity. About 14% of cases caused by the virus will have pneumonia, and difficulty breathing. About 5 percent of patients will be in critical condition, which will lead to respiratory arrest, septic shock and multiple organ damage.
Myth 8. I will die if I get infected with the Corona virus
Fact: So far 2.09% of infected people have died.
Myth 9. Antibiotics will be able to treat the Corona virus
Fact: The World Health Organization has confirmed that antibiotics do not cure viruses. Bacteria are treated with antibiotics. Corona is a virus and antibiotics should not be used as a form of treatment or as a prevention.
Myth 10. The virus will survive forever on surfaces
Fact: It is not certain how long the virus can survive. Studies show that the Corona virus can survive from a few hours to a few days. This depends on several conditions such as surface, room temperature.
Myth 11. If I get vaccinated against the flu, I will be protected from the Corona virus
Fact: Vaccines against pneumonia and influenza do not provide protection against the new Corona virus. To date, there is no vaccine against the Corona virus. The virus is completely different, so it requires its own vaccine against it. But a vaccine against respiratory infections is desirable to protect your health.
Myth 12. There is a medical treatment just for the Corona virus
Fact: There is currently no specific treatment for Corona virus. Patients receive symptomatic therapy: infusion to reduce body dehydration, antipyretic drugs, and oxygen therapy in several cases. Medical staff are working to heal patients and develop antibodies to help them fight the virus. And for patients to recover on their own.
Myth 13. I will recover immediately if I am infected with the Corona virus
Fact: The incubation period varies from person to person. Milder symptoms in a healthy person may subside after a few days. For individuals who have other health problems, recovery can take weeks, and in some cases can be fatal.
Myth 14. If I have the Corona virus I am not so contagious
Fact: You are very contagious. The virus turns into droplets that people inhale when they sneeze or cough. The virus can also survive for hours on surfaces such as tables and door handles. It has been proven that a person without symptoms can infect another. On average, one person infects between two and three people.
Myth 15. I am at greater risk because I am pregnant
Fact: Pregnant women are at the same risk of getting sick as those who are not. The corona virus will not have any negative effects on the baby. There is no evidence that the mother can transmit the virus to the baby.
Myth 16. Children are at higher risk of getting sick
Fact: Children rarely get sick. In China, about 2% of cases were under 18 years of age. Below 3% of them were in serious condition.
Myth 17. My pet can spread the Corona virus
Fact: So far there is no data that pets can be infected with the Corona virus. It is definitely good to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets.
Myth 18. Mosquitoes can spread the Corona virus
Fact: The corona virus cannot be transmitted by mosquito bites. It is primarily a respiratory virus that is primarily transmitted through droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs.
Myth 19. If we consume garlic, it will prevent us from getting the Corona virus
Fact: There is no evidence to suggest that garlic can protect you from disease.
Myth 20. Temperature scanners can detect sick patients
Fact: Temperature scanners can only detect fever in infected people. But I can't detect infected people who haven't developed a temperature yet. It takes between two and ten days for the temperature to develop.
Myth 21. Spraying alcohol or chlorine on my body will kill viruses
Fact: No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Injecting large amounts of these substances can be dangerous to the eyes and mouth as well as can damage your wardrobe.
Myth 22. Cold weather will kill the Corona virus
Fact: Cold weather cannot destroy the Corona virus or other diseases. A person's normal body temperature is between 36.5 and 37 degrees Celsius, regardless of the outside temperature.
Myth 23. Disinfection lamps with UV rays can destroy the Corona virus
Fact: UV lamps should not be used to disinfect hands or other parts of the skin, as UV rays can damage the skin.
Myth 24. A hot bath will protect against the Corona virus
Fact: A warm bath will not protect you from being infected with the Corona virus. Normal body temperature is around 36.5 and 37 degrees regardless of the temperature of your bath.
Myth 25. Hand dryers are effective in killing the Corona virus
Fact: No. Hand dryers are not effective in destroying viruses. To protect yourself, wash your hands often with alcohol-based products, or better yet, with soap and water.
Myth 26. The corona virus is transmitted through a things and goods.
Fact: There is no evidence that the Corona virus is transmitted through things and goods.
Myth 27. Using bleach, vinegar or dteroids will help me
Fact: Using bleach, vinegar, or steroids, as well as essential oils, salt water, ethanol, and other substances will not protect you from getting the Corona virus. Some of these can be dangerous.