Nothing says Peak 2020 like donating antibodies while watching someone get married on your phone.
“I really believe when we’re all set free from captivity, we are going to be so happy and kind to each other,” Gail McGovern says.
Thousands of Covid-19 patients have been treated with blood plasma outside of rigorous clinical trials — hampering research that would have shown whether the therapy worked.
Thousands of Covid-19 patients have been treated with blood plasma outside of rigorous clinical trials — hampering research that would have showed whether the therapy worked.
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Hospitals have resumed elective surgeries and many Americans are venturing out of their homes again, but the rate of donations has yet to bounce back.
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“The community has taken a tragedy and turned it into a superpower,” said an expert on using plasma to treat people after virus exposure.
In short supply, the samples are vital for the creation of coronavirus antibody tests that can help end lockdowns. Several companies are racing to capitalize on that.
A doctor stricken with Covid-19 was running out of options. His family mounted a search for a donor whose plasma might help.
Plasma from people who have recovered from Covid-19 may help others fight the disease.
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Plasma taken from the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients stands a real change of being one of the more effective short-term measures feasible in the ongoing effort to control the global coronavirus pandemic. The FDA has issued a broad call for donation from eligible individuals, and now Microsoft has built an online screening tool on behalf of the CoVIg-19 Plasma Alliance (which is funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).
The ‘CoVIg-19 Plasma Bot’ that Microsoft created for the foundation is just the latest COVID-19-related bot built by Microsoft using its technology, and its symptom self-checker for the CDC was one of the earliest large-scale efforts of its kind in the U.S. The Plasma Bot takes you through a series of simple questions to determine your eligibility, from the perspective of both your ability to meet the actual biological and health requirements, to your willingness and a ability to participate in the plasma collection process itself at a donation center.
Use of convalescent plasma, or the liquid part of blood taken from people who have had, and subsequently fully recovered from, COVID-19, is a key treatment avenue being explored by a number of different scientists and researchers. The investigations into its use take two main paths: First, direct use of the plasma injected into coronavirus patients and high-risk individuals in order to boost their own immune system for either prevention or faster recovery; and development of what are known as hyperimmune therapies, which concentrate the antibodies from donated plasma to develop treatments that are potentially easier and more effective to administer at scale.
The biggest bottleneck to overcome for the trials and therapeutics in development related to convalescent plasma is definitely the plasma itself, which can only come from patients who’ve had COVID-19 and are now fully recovered and healthy, and who also meet other standard, existing requirements for donating blood and plasma.
Unlike a lot of other treatments under investigation and development to address COVID-19, convalescent plasma has been shown to have been effective in treating other respiratory infections, and it has a long history of use for such applications.
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In people who have recovered, plasma is teeming with antibodies that may fight the virus. But the treatment beginning in New York is experimental.