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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.

South Korea experienced one of the worst early outbreaks of the virus, but appears to have brought it under control thanks to its “test and treat” program.


Are pregnant women exposed to a greater risk of contracting the Corona virus?

Research is currently underway to understand the effects of the COVID-19 infection on pregnant women. Data are limited, but there is currently no evidence that they are at greater risk of serious illness than the general population. However, due to changes in their body and immune system, we know that pregnant women can be adversely affected by some respiratory infections. Therefore, it is important that they take precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19 and report possible symptoms (including fever, cough, or shortness of breath) to their doctor. WHO will continue to review and update its information and advice as more evidence becomes available.

Myths and facts about the Corona virus

Myth 1: Wearing a mask will protect me 100%

Fact: Wearing light disposable surgical masks is recommended for everyone, but since they do not fit completely on the face, small particles of the virus can enter the nose, mouth or eyes. People who are already sick must wear these masks to protect others from infection. Professional, well-fitting masks such as the N95 can protect healthcare workers who care for patients.

Myth 2: I'll know exactly when I'm sick because I'll have symptoms

Fact: The virus does not have to cause any symptoms at all. Some people may not even know they are infected. More serious symptoms include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle pain, and fatigue. In exceptional cases, severe pneumonia, lung damage, sepsis and septic shock can develop, which can lead to death.

Myth 3: I'm more likely to get sick if I'm older

Fact: People of all ages can be infected by the new Corona virus, however, older people and people with pre-existing diseases may be more prone to complications from the Corona virus.

Myth 4: The Corona virus test is scary and painful

Fact: although you may feel uncomfortable during 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 i

Fact: You can protect yourself by practicing good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing and sneezing, when going to the toilet, and before and after preparing food. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and throat with unwashed hands. Stay home when you are sick. When you cough or sneeze, use paper tissues and throw them in the trash immediately after use. Avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Myth 6. I can get sick from passers-by because the Corona virus is an airborne disease

Fact: No. You cannot catch the Corona virus through the air. Corona virus is not an airborne disease. The virus can survive in the air for several hours, but you cannot get infected that way under normal conditions. The virus most often spreads through droplets. The corona virus is a larger and heavier virus than other known respiratory viruses. The virus can only "travel" two meters before it hits the ground. Laboratory findings have shown that small particles can survive for several hours on average, but there is no evidence that humans can be infected.

Myth 7. I will get seriously ill if I get 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 breathing difficulties. 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 viru

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. Antibiotics treat bacteria. Corona is a virus and antibiotics should not be used as a form of treatment, nor 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. And so far there is no vaccine against Corona virus. The virus is so different that 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 for the Corona virus

Fact: There is currently no special treatment for the Corona virus. Patients receive symptomatic therapy: infusion to reduce body dehydration, antipyretics, and oxygen therapy in a few cases. Medical staff are working hard to get patients well and to develop antibodies that will 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 it can end fatally.

Myth 14. If I have the Corona virus, I'm not that contagious

Fact: You are highly contagious. The virus turns into droplets that people inhale when they sneeze or cough. The virus can also survive for several hours on surfaces such as tables and doorknobs. 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 effect on the baby. There is no evidence that a mother can transmit the virus to her baby.

Myth 16. Children are at greater risk of getting sic

Fact: Children rarely get sick. In China, about 2% of the cases were under the age of 18. Under 3% of them were in serious condition.

Myth 17. My pet can spread the Corona virus

Fact: So far, there is no information that pets can be infected with the Corona virus. It is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after handling pets.

Myth 18. Mosquitoes can spread the Corona viru

Fact: The corona virus cannot be transmitted by a mosquito bite. 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 contracting the Corona virus

Fact: There is no evidence to confirm that garlic can protect you from disease.

Myth 20. Temperature scanners can detect sick patients

Fact: Temperature scanners can only detect elevated body temperature in people who are infected. But they cannot detect infected people who have not yet developed a fever. It takes between two and ten days to develop a temperature.

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. Spraying large amounts of these substances can be dangerous to the eyes and mouth and can damage your wardrobe.

Myth 22. Cold weather will kill the Corona virus

Fact: Cold weather cannot destroy the Corona virus or other diseases. The normal human 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 killing viruses. To protect yourself, wash your hands often with alcohol-based products, or even better with soap and water.

Myth 26. Corona virus is transmitted through goods

Fact: There is no evidence that the Corona virus is transmitted through things and goods.

Myth 27. Using bleach, vinegar, or steroids will help

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.