Convalescent plasma therapy is an experimental treatment that some doctors are using for people with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
eople who’ve recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies — proteins the body uses to fight off infections — to the disease in their blood. The blood from people who’ve recovered is called convalescent plasma. Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood.
The first patient from Camp Belagavi today donated the Plasma at the KLEs Dr.Prabhakar Kore Hospital, Belagavi.
Researchers hope that convalescent plasma can be given to people with severe COVID-19 to boost their ability to fight the virus. It also might help keep people who are moderately ill from becoming more ill and experiencing COVID-19 complications.
If you’ve had COVID-19 and recovered from it, consider donating blood
Convalescent plasma therapy carries the risk of:
- Allergic reactions
- Lung damage and difficulty breathing
- Transmission of infections, including HIV and hepatitis B and C
Donating plasma is not the same as donating blood. The two are different and require different techniques. In plasma donation, blood that is drawn from your arm has to go through a special machine where plasma is separate from the rest of the part of the blood. Only the plasma is stored and the rest of the components including donor’s red blood cells and platelets are then returned to the body along with some saline. Due to its complexity, plasma donation takes more time than blood donation. While it takes only 30 mins.
Blood Group: A can accept A and AB, B can accept B and AB, O can accept all and AB can accept only AB