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Plasma from recovered coronavirus patients boosts others' survival rate, study says

Added 05-23-20 12:04:03pm EST - “Plasma transfusions work better if done before a COVID-19 patient's lungs are severely damaged.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Plasma from recovered coronavirus patients boosts others' survival rate, study says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A new study of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 suggests that a century-old technique involving blood plasma transfusions from recovered patients could improve survival rates if done early enough.

The study conducted at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital was posted on the Medrxiv public server Friday. It compared the results of 39 COVID-19 patients who received transfusions to 39 who did not.

The disease worsened in 18% of the patients who received plasma compared to 24% of those who didn't, according to the study.

After 16 days, almost 13% of the plasma recipients had died, compared with more than 24% of the control patients. And 72% of the plasma recipients were discharged compared with 67% of the control group.

The report concluded that the procedure "is a potentially efficacious treatment option for patients hospitalized with COVID-19; however, these data suggest that non-intubated patients may benefit more than those requiring mechanical ventilation."

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