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 successfully recovered from the blood plasma of people who had already suffered from 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, who have developed antibodies against the virus, thus helping the body to recover. Since December 2019, when it first appeared in China, 75,000 people have died from the Corona virus. people.
“There is a high probability that blood plasma treatment will become an alternative treatment method for critically ill patients who do not respond to antiviral drugs,” said Choi Jun-yong, a physician and researcher at the hospital, but serious clinical research is still 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 initially given anti-malarial drugs and was on a ventilator for severe pneumonia.
Another patient, a 67-year-old woman, also did not respond favorably to initial therapy, which included drugs to treat malaria, HIV, and oxygen therapy. Her recovery also took off when she began receiving plasma therapy and steroids, the researchers said. .
This discovery was also published in the professional journal of Korean medicine.
Kwon Jun Wook, from the Seoul Center for Disease Control, said that plasma therapy was “important” when there is currently no vaccine against the Corona virus, and no official drugs to treat the Corona virus.
Studies have shown the effectiveness of blood plasma treatment in diseases such as Ebola and SARS.
Research has begun in France involving 60 patients in Paris hospitals, half of whom will receive treatment with blood plasma from patients who have already suffered from the Corona virus.
The US Food and Drug Administration has allowed doctors to experiment with the strategy to fight the Corona virus, and tests are also being carried out in China.
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