Washington (USA) | Jagran News Desk: Plasma therapy has emerged as one of humanity’s hope against the dreadful coronavirus that has claimed the lives of more than 3.35 lakh people and affected over 51 lakh across the world.

Scientists across the world are trying hard to find a possible vaccine for the deadly infection but has failed so far. However, a new study in the US has found that plasma therapy could be a treatment for the novel coronavirus.

According to a study released in the US, patients with severe COVID-19 given plasma from someone who recovered from the disease were more likely to stabilise or need less oxygen support than other similar hospital patients.

Researchers at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York said that the study showed a trend toward better survival rates, but the number of patients was small and the results cannot be interpreted as applying to patients on mechanical ventilators, reported Reuters.

“This is a retrospective case-controlled study. It does not have the rigor of a randomized, controlled trial so that still needs to be done. This does show promise that convalescent plasma is effective,” said Dr. Nicole Bouvier, an infectious disease specialist at Mt. Sinai and the study's lead author, as reported by Reuters.

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According to the study, 70 per cent of the 39 patients were on high-flow oxygen and 10 per cent were on mechanical ventilation. After two weeks, the disease worsened in 18 per cent of the plasma patients and 24 per cent of the control patients, the study claimed.

As of May 1, nearly 13 per cent of plasma recipients had died, compared with more than 24 per cent of the control patients, with 72 per cent and 67 per cent, respectively, being discharged alive.

People who survive an infectious disease like coronavirus are left with blood containing antibodies, or proteins made by the body's immune system to fight off a virus. The blood component that carries the antibodies can be collected and given to newly infected patients - it is known as "convalescent plasma."

Hospitals around the world have been using plasma donated by recovered coronavirus patients, but there has been little information on how effective the treatment is.

(With Reuters inputs)

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