August 24, 2020

Convalescent plasma: What you need to know

Washington (AFP) – The United States has issued an emergency authorization to use blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients as a treatment against the disease.Is it safe and effective? Has President Donald Trump’s administration put political considerations ahead of the science? Here’s what you need to know.What is convalescent plasma? – When a person has COVID-19, their body produces antibodies that fight the coronavirus. These proteins float in plasma, the liquid component of blood.The antibodies can be harvested from patients who have recovered and injected into the blood of others to h…


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