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Coronavirus survivor: 'In my blood, there may be answers'

Posted at 10:05 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 13:48:16-04

Hospitals are starting to line up survivors of the new coronavirus to donate some blood, so doctors can use it to treat the sick. Blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients carries immune system antibodies that fight the virus, and early donors are happy to try to help. It's experimental, but the century-old treatment has helped fight other diseases in the past including the 1918 flu pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration Friday announced a national study to help more hospitals try the approach and sign up more people. Researchers will track whether the experimental therapy really works.