WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Four NBA players are donating their plasma to clinical trial treatment after having recovered from the novel coronavirus.
- The treatment is called “convalescent plasma treatment” and is being tested by the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.
- A member of the project’s leadership team said that the four athletes are likely to be the ideal candidates for the experimental treatment since they are physically active.
Several NBA players who contracted the novel coronavirus, and recently recovered from the disease are willing to help patients by taking part in an experimental therapy by donating their plasma.
Physicians at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas is the first hospital to test the “convalescent plasma treatment” on a few coronavirus patients this week. The test was made a couple of days after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its testing.
The plasma treatment requires the drawing of blood plasma out of COVID-19 recovered patients, as they have already built an immunity to the virus. The plasma will then be injected into an infected patient so the antibodies contained in the plasma will fight off the coronavirus in its new host.
After hospitals across the United States have called for donations of blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients, a number of NBA players have come forward to volunteer as donors at the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project (CCPP19).
ABC News has interviewed a member of the project’s leadership team, Dr. Michael Joyner who said that four basketball players are taking part in the program. Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, through his agent, has confirmed to the outlet of his participation after the Massachusetts Department of Health declared him as coronavirus-free this week. While the other players are still unidentified.
Joyner is commending Smart’s participation and is urging other recovering coronavirus patients to volunteer. He added that those four basketball players are ideal candidates for the experimental treatment.
He told the news outlet, “these are big men with blood volumes, and as a result [they] have a lot of plasma volume. Frequently people who are physically trained also have an increase in their plasma volume from what you would expect from them just being regular-sized guys … We believe [the treatment] can be disease-modifying and reduce duration and severity in some patients.”
Meanwhile, the NBA has donated a sum of $100,000 to the CCPP19 project.
Source: Good News Network