On Sunday, China’s COVID-19 scientific research team revealed that twenty recovered coronavirus patients donated their plasma to those in severe conditions in Wuhan, which is the most affected area of China. The donors are doctors and nurses who have recently recovered for ten days at the Jiangxia District’s No. 1 people’s hospital and traditional Chinese medical hospital.
Doctors have given plasma treatment to twelve patients in severe condition so far. After getting the plasma treatment, the patients have shown improved symptoms within 12 to 24 hours, said an expert with Jiangxia District’s No. 1 people’s hospital. The health expert further noted that the plasma donation would not affect the doctor once he or she has been restored for ten days. “We are observing the therapeutic results and improving our treatment plans,” he added.
Zhang Dingyu, head of Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, urged the cured patients, who were infected with COVID-19, to donate plasma. The decision was taken after the initial investigation revealed that the convalescent plasma-derived therapeutic products are effective in curing infected patients in severe and critical conditions.
According to official data, 124 patients have been cured of COVID-19 and discharged from hospitals by Saturday afternoon. Fourteen out of them are willing to donate their plasma to help in coronavirus research and treatment.
A recovered patient surnamed Liu, eager to donate his plasma, said, “Before being discharged from the hospital, I learned from the nurses that I can donate plasma, which I think is very helpful.”
“We were helped by others, and we want to help other patients as well,” Liu added. The new strain of coronavirus first originated in Wuhan in December last year has killed 1600 people in China alone. Thousands of more cases have been registered in several countries across the world. Many patients, who have received time and effective treatment to fight the deadly disease, are considering the donation as a way back to society.