Hungary, the effectiveness of plasma therapy leads to the search for donors

Hungary, the effectiveness of plasma therapy leads to the search for donors

In all of Hungary, the authorities are looking for blood plasma donors already infected with Covid-19, in consideration of the effectiveness of the method to treat and heal patients.


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In the courtyard of the University of Budapest, despite the rain, dozens of students, mostly foreigners, gathered for this purpose.

Nicholas was in quarantine for three weeks, having tested positive four times.

“I was in town at a party and I think I was infected there”, dice.

During preliminary screening, only one vial of blood is taken for analysis – a single puncture is enough to find out if someone has enough antibodies in their blood to use their plasma.

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Anyone can donate their own, regardless of the severity of the symptoms suffered: Dr. Eszter Fodor invites the population to donate.

“Who is between 18 and 60 years old, has no other diseases and is not subjected to drug treatment, can apply for the donation”.

I coronavirus patients who received plasma said “convalescent the iperimmune”, rich in antibodies, have had substantial benefits: however there are very few donors, although two lives can be saved with a single donation.

Little moves in Italy

If in the United States plasma therapy against Covid-19 is a full-blown reality, in Italy the cure is going very slowly.

“The United States have taken our therapy and are using it throughout the national territory, said dr. Cesare Perotti, referring to the hyperimmune plasma therapy experimented by the Policlinico di Pavia.

According to data from the National Blood Center, about 3200 subunits of hyperimmune plasma donated by cured patients are available in the blood banks of the Italian regional systems.

What is convalescent or hyperimmune plasma?

Plasma is the yellow, liquid part of the blood that contains antibodies, proteins produced by the body in response to infections.

“Convalescent” refers to anyone recovering from an illness: convalescent plasma from patients who have already recovered from Covid-19 may contain antibodies to the virus.

Giving this plasma to hospitalized people infected with the coronavirus can help them heal.


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