Bahrain has initiated plasma treatment which involves taking antibody-rich plasma from recovered coronavirus patients and injecting it into people who have severe cases of the disease.
Lt. Col. Dr. Manaf Al Qahtani-Member of the National Taskforce for Combating Coronavirus (COVID-19) yesterday announced that results of plasma treatment would be released soon.
“We are finalizing the study with the patients but yes, there are measures implemented to provide plasma. Among them, the recovered patient’s approval to donate plasma, passing 14 days – the longer the better as the antibodies in the body would be stronger. The results so far indicate that the treatment is efficient” said Dr Al Qahtani.
The method has been used to treat the sick in past epidemics, and it is generally considered low risk; researchers are now studying if it works against the new strain of coronavirus.