Blood Bank of Delmarva helping treat COVID-19 patients

DELMARVA–Blood Bank of Delmarva started a program to help treat patients with COVID-19 this week.

It’s called the convalescent plasma program and it takes plasma donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19 and transfuses it to people who have advanced COVID-19 infections.

Doctors said using plasma donated from recovered covid-19 patients could help to clear the virus more rapidly.

“We’re hoping this is going to be a promising treatment for people have a serious battle with covid-19, this is for more serious cases,” Antonio Prado, Communications Specialist for Blood Bank of Delmarva, said. “It could be a game changer, I mean we don’t know, but it’s worth trying.”

We are told that the U.S Food and Drug Administration approved the collection of plasma to treat seriously ill patients at the end of March.

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