Italy Spearheads Plasma Research

Italy Spearheads Plasma Research

( – In March, Italy’s COVID-19 death rate was out of control. The country had the most coronavirus deaths in the world, even more than China where the outbreak started. Although to be fair, many experts don’t trust the numbers the Chinese are reporting. Now, the Italian government is turning to experimental treatments to crush the virus.

Like the United States, Italy is turning to the blood plasma of COVID-19 survivors to help those who are currently suffering. Here’s how it works. When a person has the virus, their bodies produce antibodies to fight back. The survivors donate their convalescent plasma and it will be given to gravely ill patients in the hope it’ll help them recover.

University of Pavia San Matteo Virologist Dr. Fausto Baldanti told CNN the treatment could be “crucial for controlling the infection.”

Doctors in the US and the FDA agree. In America, a person with a COVID-19 diagnosis can donate their plasma once they’ve been symptom-free for 14 days. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) is one of those patients who’s willing to donate.

The mainstream media has given President Trump a hard time about his embracing of experimental treatments. However, it looks like he’s not the only world leader who sees the value in trying new ways to treat the deadly illness.

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