Watch | Convalescent plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients

A video on convalescent plasma therapy and its feasibility in COVID-19 patients

April 18, 2020 03:25 pm | Updated 03:35 pm IST

The health community across the world is looking at plasma or antibody therapy to battle COVID-19 . Convalescent plasma has been listed as a therapeutic method by China’s National Health Commission.

In India, many states have sought and received the approval of ICMR for convalescent plasma therapy. But so far, ICMR does not recommend it as a treatment option outside clinical trials.

Also read | ICMR gets nod for clinical trial of convalescent plasma for COVID-19 treatment

Convalescent plasma therapy involves transfusing certain components from the blood of people who have recovered from a virus attack into people who are very sick with the virus or at high risk.

According to the WHO, the experience in the past suggests that the empirical use of convalescent plasma can be a potentially useful treatment for COVID-19.

Also read | Study shows good results with plasma treatment for COVID-19

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