Blood from Infected Patients Could Help Critically Ill


The Food and Drug Administration has approved the emergency use of blood from coronavirus survivors to treat patients who are critically sick.

The new emergency protocols allow physicians across the country to treat the sickest patients with plasma from patients that have already recovered. That plasma is rich in virus-fighting antibodies.

The FDA says this type of treatment has been previously studied in outbreaks of other respiratory infections. And that although it could be promising now, the FDA cautioned this therapy has not been effective in every disease previously studied and it has not been proven effective for COVID-19 yet.

Doctors who want to use this plasma treatment would have to first get permission from the FDA on a case by case basis.

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Title: Blood from Infected Patients Could Help Critically Ill

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Subject(s): Coronavirus

Public Broadcasting Station or Institution: South Florida PBS

Original Broadcast/Publish Date: 03/25/2020

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