Could the blood of Covid-19 survivors be what saves the world?

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Could the blood of Covid-19 survivors be what saves the world?

Taking a leaf from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, blood from recovered patients may be transfused into sick people

Sarah Knapton

Blood from recovered coronavirus victims could soon be used to treat patients who are battling the disease and even help vulnerable people avoid the illness altogether.

Scientists in the US are waiting for approval to start a human trial to see if the blood plasma of people who have already fought off the disease can help boost the immune system of others. The approach was used during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic before vaccines or antivirals were available. It relies on the fact that the blood of people who have recovered from the illness contains powerful antibodies trained to fight the virus.

There is currently no treatment for coronavirus and vaccines are unlikely to be available until the end of 2020 at the earliest...

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