Blood Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients used to fight the outbreak

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HARLINGEN, Texas- Medical trials around the country are already underway to find a cure for COVID-19, many of which include antibody testing from blood donations. 

Researchers are asking for plasma donations from those who have recovered from the coronavirus. 

Dr. Christopher Romero, an internal medicine specialist shares how plasma could benefit those fighting for their life.

“These antibodies are present in the blood of people that have already been exposed to Coronavirus and recovered from it if you transfuse those into people who are sick with Coronavirus these antibodies could fight off the infection.”

The antibodies found in your plasma is the key to what medical researchers hope will cure COVID-19.

Clinical studies are currently underway in many parts of the country and have seen positive results.

Dr. Romero said, “Some of the early results is encouraging, especially because we’ve seen this be used effectively with other infections, it means there’s hope it could be a treatment source for our current outbreak.”

Dr. Romero also explains why not everyone’s plasma will benefit those who are battling the virus.

“So if someone hasn’t been exposed to the Coronavirus this specific Coronavirus they wouldn’t necessarily have those types of antibodies that can help fight this infection.”

While plasma hasn’t been proven to cure COVID-19. Dr. Romero said this is a good stepping stone for medical researchers in their fight against the outbreak.

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