Three Indian Americans who fell severely ill after testing positive for COVID-19 have been showing signs of recovery after being transfused with blood plasma from patients who have recovered from coronavirus.
As per reports, the three coronavirus patients who are being treated at Houston’s St Luke’s Medical Centre have been treated with convalescent plasma therapy after having found recently recovered COVID-19 patients whose blood groups matches with them.
Convalescent Plasma therapy is a process in which blood plasma from a patient who has recovered from COVID-19 is transfused into a critically ill patient so that the specific antibodies present in the blood of the recovered person can help fight the infection.
As the three COVID-19 patients are showing signs of recovery, the doctors of the hospital are looking for new donors for more rounds of transfusion of blood plasma.
With no vaccine available for the treatment of the deadly virus, doctors are looking towards convalescent plasma therapy for treatment of coronavirus positive patients.
The convalescent plasma therapy was used to treat hemorrhagic fever in 1979 and the Spanish influenza in 1918 and it helped reduce mortality in both epidemics.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the United States is 557,300, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Meanwhile, Delhi AIIMS doctor RandeepGuleria on Sunday claimed that plasma therapy is a suitable option for treatment of coronavirus patients.