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Thai Red Cross is calling on recovered Covid-19 patients to donate plasma

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The Thai Red Cross Society is urging fully recovered Covid-19 patients to donate their plasma. They say the plasma could contain antibodies that can be used to treat infected patients.

According to the director of the Red Cross’s National Blood Centre, the plasma of the recovered patients contain antibodies against the coronavirus. The potential plasma or the so-called “Covid-19 Convalescent Plasma,” or CCP, is believed to curb the severity of acute respiratory syndrome caused by the virus.

The head of the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology, Chulalongkorn University, says the CCP is an alternative treatment for infected patients. The CCP was tested with a foreigner infected with Covid-19 who has severe pneumonia symptoms. The patient received the CCP 2 times and saw the improved condition.

The Thai Red Cross has been asking for plasma donations since April of last year. Over 400 people registered to donate the plasma, but only 152 of those were able to donate. 383 bags of viable CCP were produced. So far, 5 hospitals have used the CCP to treat a total of 9 patients including 6 of who have recovered, 2 who are currently receiving treatment and 1 who died.

Plasma donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 50 kilograms. They must be in good health and must have a prior, verified diagnosis of Covid-19, but are now fully recovered with no Covid-19 symptoms.

SORCE: Thai PBS World | Daily News

 

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    Bill

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Real men make their own antibodies. Isaan John need not apply. ?????

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:26 pm

      Real men care about others.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Yes well any donators should charge 2000 a liter because the Thais will change any that receive this, will be charged B500 a liter.

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    dispensed

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 12:32 am

    You mean… there is such a thing as natural immunity after all?

    Sorta explains why cases have dropped ~40% in 3 weeks in every US state and in England. 1/3 infected + preexisting cross immunity with other coronavirus strains -> herd immunity

    Congratulations to Western nations on being adults about this and letting it run its course. As for East Asia, enjoy your covid hysteria, lockdowns, and authoritarianism.

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    Maybe

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:03 am

    They have not discover anything new !
    Has been used in Europe as a compassion base for those critical case which where not responding to the medication…
    So this mean that in Thailand the ICU starting to feel the pressure ?

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    JasonW

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 11:26 am

    UK tests show giving blood plasma from patients that have recovered from COVID does’t work.

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    RA

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    It’s already been proven that Convalescent Plasma does not work.

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