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JERICHO, NEW YORK - MARCH 21: A medical worker tends to patients at the drive-in center at ProHealth Care on March 21, 2020 in Jericho, New York. The facility offers COVID-19 testing as more than 200,000 people in at least 144 countries have been infected, with deaths in the U.S. surpassing 200. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Doctors are now able to treat critically ill coronavirus patients with blood donated by people who have survived the virus. The Food and Drug Administration approved the treatment method on Tuesday. This method is known as “Convalescent Plasma Treatment”… what happens is the antibodies in a survivors blood may also kill off the virus in another victim who’s being treated. Dr. Jeffrey Henderson says, “The approach definitely has merit” … “what’s remarkable about it is it’s not a new idea; it’s been with us for a good hundred years or longer.”

 

FDA officials however are not viewing the procedure as a permanent solution, they hope while we have this as a back up plan, we can continue to save lives while other more sophisticated treatments are developed.

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