- Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University push for the use of “convalescent serum” against the global coronavirus pandemic.
- The treatment method makes use of antibodies from the blood of people who have recovered from COVID-19 infection to boost the immunity of the newly infected.
- The coronavirus pandemic has spread to infect 144 countries across the globe, with more than 152,000 confirmed cases since the virus first emerged in December 2019.
The treatment to slow the advance of coronavirus pandemic lies with the antibodies from the blood serum of recovered patients, according to reports.
NBC News reports that a treatment method called “convalescent serum” is put forth by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University to combat the coronavirus pandemic. This method would entail harvesting virus-fighting antibodies from the blood of patients who have recovered from the virus.
This treatment was once widely used, reportedly in treating the Spanish flu, polio, and measles. However, the development of new forms of treatments rendered the method outdated, and has not been implemented in the US for decades, says Dr. Arturo Casadevall, chair of the molecular microbiology and immunology department.
“I knew the history of what was done in the early 20th century with epidemics,” Dr. Casadevall told NBC. “They didn’t have vaccines then, they didn’t have any drugs then — just like the situation we face now.”
Dr. Casadevall and Dr. Liise-anne Pirofski make their case for using blood serum or plasma from recovered patients in this paper, saying that until a better cure is developed, this remains to be the best option for treatment.
The scientific report published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation on Friday makes the case for practice by citing the role it has played during the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak and 2013 Ebola epidemic in China.
The researchers explain that “although every viral disease and epidemic is different, these experiences provide important historical precedents that are both reassuring and useful as humanity now confronts the COVID-19 epidemic.”
The coronavirus has spread to infect 144 countries across the globe, with more than 152,000 confirmed cases since the virus first emerged in December 2019.
Source: New York Post