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Testing The Efficacy of Convalescent Plasma

Oct 26, 2020

A doctor holds a donation of convalescent plasma from a recovered COVID-19 patient at the Arnulfo Arias Madrid Hospital, in Panama City. The blood product donated from recovered COVID-19 patients, known as convalescent plasma, may have antibodies that can help those critically ill from the virus.
Credit AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco

Rising statistics about coronavirus infections  and the number of deaths attributed to Covid-19 point to a sobering conclusion: We will be living with this for months to come. A vaccine is the ultimate weapon -- but is there something effective for use now? Two Johns Hopkins doctors think there is. Doctors David Sullivan and Shmuel Shoham explain how antibodies work, how they can be transferred safely from one person to another and what it will take to complete their clinical trials. 

To find out if you qualify for particiation in the trial call 888-506-1199.

Links: CovidPlasmatrial.org, National Covid-19 Convalescent Plasma Project, further reading