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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 149-152

A review of convalescent plasma therapy an immediately available therapeutic option for COVID-19 in light of the available data


1 Department of Surgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University), Wardha, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Radiodiagnosis, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University), Wardha, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Meenakshi Yeola
Department of Surgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University), Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha - 442 107, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jdmimsu.jdmimsu_149_20

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After being first recognized in December 2019, the latest public health threat emanating from the infection of coronavirus has taken many lives encompassing whole geographical locations. The virus named novel coronavirus severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a new infection to which humans were never exposed. There is no research, no vaccine, no drugs, and no specific treatment. This has allowed this virus to disseminate and infect the millions of people worldwide with daily increasing count. In the absence of specific treatment, and based on past experiences of SARS, Middle East respiratory syndrome and Ebola outbreaks, convalescent plasma (CP) has shown promising results in the saving lives of infected patients. There are a lot many patients who have recovered from novel coronavirus infection, and they may prove to be the source of the CP therapy, which employs passive immunity of body to neutralize the virus and improve the outcomes in infected patients. Literature search was done using the PubMed and Google Scholar search engines, searching terms “COVID-19”, “SARS-CoV-2,” “2019-Ncov,” “Corona,” “Convalescent,” “Serum,” “Plasma” “Treatment” titles, abstracts, and keywords. The data were reviewed, analyzed, and presented.


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