More than 6,000 people are willing to participate in a UK trial to examine if plasma of patients recovering from coronavirus can be used to treat Covid-19 patients.
The plasma will be examined as per the concept that the antibodies taken from the recovered patients will cure other patients.
NHS Blood and Transplant started collecting blood from coronavirus survivors.
Around 148 people have given their blood so far.
The plasma is separated from the blood through a machine under the process known as plasmapheresis. The process takes around 45 minutes.
When a virus invades a person, the immune system of the body creates antibodies that attack the virus.
These antibodies are found in the blood plasma.
Dr. Manu Shankar Hari, a joint lead on the trial in which hospitals from all four nations will be involved, says that “none of us have any protection in the immune system against it” because this is a new virus.
The critical care consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London said: “What we are doing with this trial is to give you instantaneous protection against the virus using an antibody that is developed by patients who recover from the virus.
“So the hope is that the viral clearance or the taking away of the virus in the body will be quicker by giving this treatment.”
Jo Tooz-Hobston said, “I wouldn’t normally give blood but something came up on Facebook about this and I thought, I’ve got to do this because of the experience we went through,”