Even after 4-5 months of the breakout, corona virus hasn’t stopped taking life around the world. This highly infectious disease attacks the respiratory system and spreads through social contact.
For some, the virus may not show any symptoms. While others may suffer from fever, flu, sore throat and severe cases, shortness of breath. Although some people have successfully recovered from it, others were not so lucky.
Currently, there is no vaccine or treatment available to cure the virus, making it even difficult to handle the situation.
Although, researchers and scientists are conducting clinical trials for various medicines, none seem to give positive outcomes till date. Thus, health workers are now forced to find alternative methods of treatment.
As an alternative method of treatment, plasma therapy is showing positive outcomes. Many patients around the globe were reported to recover after the trasfusion.
What is Plasma therapy?
When a person is infected with Covid-19, his natural defense system jumps into action. The body produces antibodies in a larger amount so that an individual can fight against the virus successfully. These antibodies are found in a part of the blood called plasma.
The plasma therapy or passive immunization is a method which extracts the plasma donated from a covid-19 survivor. It is transfused into the body of the infected person. The infected person than develops greater immunity to fight against the disease, increasing the chances of survival.
Drips and injections are used for the treatment, usually pain-less but patients can suffer from unwanted effects
Currently, various studies are being conducted worldwide, testing the outcomes of passive immunization.
This treatment has become much more common in Pakistan, where reports suggest many serious patients have survived after the therapy.
But, still no conclusion can be drawn as the treatment method is still in the trail phase.
Turkey Starts Research
A university in Kayseri, Turkey has started researching on passive immunization. They are now collecting plasma from treated patient for the treatment of critical patients.
According to Mustafa Calis, head of Erciyes University, plasma therapy was used widely for treatment of Ebola and SARS in the past. Thus, the chances of this method in curing Covid-19 are high!
Also, Calis added that people who have tested negative for corona after treatment will be tested again in a week or two. This is to confirm the complete removal of the virus from the body.
Government around the globe is collecting data of covid-19 survivors to be used for plasma therapy. Countries including Pakistan and Turkey are very positive regarding the immunization method. Thus, it may decide the future for world in the days to come by!
It may take a few months or even years before the world could get rid of the virus completely. Not only a vaccine is found, the Covid-19 remains deadly. For now what people can do is to take precautions, stay home and stay safe!