Plasma taken from the patients who have recovered from the virus has antibodies that will help in the production of a virus load in patients who are critically ill according to the reports from the National Health Commission of China.
“I would like to make a call to all cured patients to donate their plasma so that they can bring hope to critically ill patients,” said Guo Yanhong, who heads the NHC’s medical administration department.
“One patient (among them) has already been discharged, one is able to get off the bed and walk and the others are all recovering,” she said.
“It is a very important area of discovery,” head of WHO’s emergencies programme Michael Ryan told reporters in Geneva, pointing out that plasma had proven effective in saving lives when combatting a range of different diseases.
“It is a very valid way to explore therapeutics, especially when we don’t have vaccines and we don’t have specific anti-virals,” he said.
“Other components of the blood including red blood cells and platelets will be infused back into the donors.”