More than 5 thousand patients with a new coronavirus infection received plasma with antibodies to COVID-19 to treat the disease. This was reported by the press service of the Moscow Department of Health.
“Since April, more than 5 thousand patients in Moscow hospitals have received plasma with antibodies to COVID-19 for the treatment of the disease. Plasma antibodies to coronavirus infection help the immune system of infected patients to cope with the virus, and there are no artificial substitutes for such antibodies. You can get this component and help patients thanks to donors who have recovered from COVID-19. More than 5,000 patients have already received plasma transfusions in the capital's hospitals,”the report says.
The press service recalled that thanks to plasma treatment with antibodies to COVID-19, patient survival increases by 19%.
“Treatment with plasma with antibodies to coronavirus almost doubles the likelihood of improvement in patients. Also, due to plasma transfusion, there is an increase in survival by 19%. Experts of the COVID-19 Clinical Committee in April of this year recommended plasma transfusion as one of the potentially effective methods of treating the disease and began to be used in several hospitals as an experimental one,”the Moscow Department of Health said.
For citizens who have been ill with COVID-19 and wish to become plasma donors, a hot line is open every day from 9:00 to 19:00: +7 (495) 870-45-16. A donor can be a person aged 18 to 55 years old who has had a coronavirus infection. After the first symptoms of the disease appear or after the first positive PCR test, at least five weeks (35 days) should pass. Contraindications are the presence of chronic diseases, HIV, syphilis, viral hepatitis. For the donation of plasma with antibodies to COVID-19, the Moscow Mayor set a remuneration of 5 thousand rubles, and donors also receive compensation for food in the amount of 1 thousand 212 rubles. In case of gratuitous plasma supply, donation can be counted in the amount required to obtain the status of "Honorary Donor of Moscow" or "Honorary Donor of Russia".
More information can be found at: mosgorzdrav.ru/plazma, here a potential donor can fill out a questionnaire. The initial check will determine whether a person has temporary or absolute contraindications to donation.