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How plasma of recovered COVID-19 patients can help new patients battle the virus

Posted at 8:42 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 09:17:39-04

DR. BRUCE SACHAIS FROM THE NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER EXPLAINS HOW RECOVERED COVID-19 PATIENTS CAN DONATE BLOOD PLASMA SO THAT THE VIRUS ANTIBODIES CAN BE EXTRACTED AND USED TO TREAT PEOPLE BATTLING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. — Dr. Bruce Sachais from the New York Blood Center explains on the PIX11 Morning News how recovered COVID-19 patients can donate blood plasma so that the virus antibodies can be extracted and used to treat people battling the novel coronavirus.

In theory, the antibodies from the recovered patients could help new and future COVID-19 patients, giving their immune system a "leg-up" on the potentially deadly virus, Dr. Sachais said.