Fully Recovered from Corona Virus? Donate Convalescent Plasma

If you have completely recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients who are still suffering from CoronaVirus by donating your plasma.

A recovered COVID-positive patient is considered to gain enough proteins, called antibodies in his/her blood which helps the body fight infection from the root. The plasma cells, which contain antibodies, could hence help those critically ill gain antibodies to fight the COVID-19 infection when their body is unable to do so and hence, speeding up recovery rate especially for those who belong to a high-risk category, or older or are immuno-compromised.

Studies say that convalescent plasma therapy can help provide short-term immunity against the COVID-19 virus as well.

What is Convalescent Plasma?

Convalescent refers to anyone recovering from a disease. Plasma is the yellow, liquid part of blood that contains antibodies. Antibodies are proteins made by the body in response to infections. Convalescent plasma from patients who have already recovered from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may contain antibodies against COVID-19. Giving this convalescent plasma to hospitalized people currently fighting COVID-19 may help them recover.

Who cannot Donate?

Even though the therapy is remarkably effective, plasma donation has a specific limitation as to who can or cannot donate. Only people who weigh over 50 kilograms, women who are nulliparous (have not had children), have healthy hemoglobin levels, do not have pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, uncontrolled blood pressure levels are allowed to donate plasma. Individuals who are found to be positive for HIV, hepatitis B, C, E, and HTLV-1, undergoing cancer are also asked to refrain from the donation.

How Can You Donate Convalescent Plasma?

Many resources are available regarding options to donate convalescent plasma in your area. To learn more and find the place nearest you:

Conclusion

The scientists examined that since the antibodies in the donated plasma decrease within 2 to 4 months, the plasma donors must not wait for longer period and donate their plasma as soon as they become eligible.

A person recovered from COVID-19 disease can donate plasma around 30 to 40 days after they first tested positive, as it is believed that they would have formed enough antibodies in their blood by that time.

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How to Keep Safe Your House and Family from Corona Virus?

With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases around the world, the more desperate governments are working towards bringing out a cure. As the search for a vaccine continues, simple home remedies such as practicing hygiene, staying indoors and avoiding crowded places can help you and your family stay safe.

How Does COVID-19 Spread?

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the deadly coronavirus is said to spread from only infected humans-to-humans. Since this is a respiratory virus, it affects another by coughing, sneezing, or by talking. In such a scenario, it is recommended that you use a face mask without the risk of being infected or infecting another person.

Basic Preventive Measures

These preventive tips can be used in numerous ways to prevent the spread of the virus. These preventive tips include:

  • Regularly washing hands with alcohol-based sanitizers and soap.

Clean your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Stay in your space or room and use a separate bathroom from other people in the home.

Use separate dishes, glasses, cups, and eating utensils and not share these with other household members. After use, run them through with very hot soapy water. Practice separate bedding and towels and not share these with other household members. 

  • Cover mouth and nose with elbow or tissues when coughing or sneezing.

Wear a cloth face covering if they must be around other people. Cloth face coverings are for use only by people older than 2 years old who are not having trouble breathing. Do not leave a child alone while they’re wearing a cloth face covering. To see how to put on and remove cloth face coverings and face masks, clean them, or make your own cloth face covering. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue away and then wash their hands right away.

  • Consult a doctor if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

The person who is sick should stay home unless they need medical attention.

Other household members also should stay at home. Follow instructions from your doctor, local health care department, about who should stay home and for how long. If you must go out of the house, wear a cloth face covering or face mask and keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) of the distance between you and other people.

Tell other people who were around the sick person. Your local or state health department can help you if you aren’t sure who to notify.

All household members should wash their hands often. Wash the sick person’s used clothes, bedding, and towels with detergent on the hottest temperature possible. Wear gloves when washing their laundry, if possible. Wash your hands well after handling the laundry.

If the person who is sick can’t wear a cloth face covering (or face mask), caregivers should wear one while they’re in the same room.

Also:

  • Avoid close contact with anyone with flu, cough, and cold symptoms.
  • Regularly clean phones, light switches, taps, and doorknobs with disinfectants.
  • Make sure shared spaces in the home have good airflow. You can open a window or turn on an air filter or air conditioner.
  • Keep a sick child’s toys separate from other toys, if possible.
  • Do not allow visitors into your home. This includes children and adults. 

Every day, use a household cleaner or wipe to clean things that get touched a lot. These include doorknobs, light switches, toys, remote controls, sink handles, counters, and phones. 

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Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) – How it Spreads?

Covid-19 has infected over 11 million people worldwide and claimed more than 5,00,000 lives with Europe and the United States passing China where the pandemic started last December 2019.

The above is the latest data by 12 July 2020. 

The data is self-explanatory about the current pandemic situation. To stop the spread of COVID 19 is still a big challenge for all countries. As the health and human toll is increasing, the economic damage is already evident and pictures the largest economic shock the world has experienced in decades.

At the moment, many countries have taken actions — some of them stringent — to slow down the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). While some of these countries are now considering whether to ease the measures, others have already decided to keep them in place over the following weeks.

How COVID Spreads?

The virus appears to spread easily among people, and more continues to be discovered over time about how it spreads. 

  • Data has revealed that it spreads from person to person among those in close contact from 6 feet or 2 meters. 
  • The virus spreads by respiratory droplets discharged when someone with the virus coughs, sneezes, or communicate.
  •  These droplets can be inhaled or land in the mouth or nose of a person who is standing near to the infected person.
  • It can also spread if a person touches a surface with the virus on it and then touches his or her mouth, nose, or eyes, although this isn’t estimated to be the major cause of virus spread.

Preventive Measure to Slow Down the Spread of COVID 19

  • It is clear from available data and experience, that limiting close contact between infected people and others is central to breaking chains of transmission of the virus causing COVID-19. 
  • Prevention of transmission is best achieved by identifying suspect cases as quickly as possible, testing, and isolating infectious cases. 
  •  It is critical to identify all close contacts of infected people so that they can be quarantined to limit the onward spread and break chains of transmission.
  •  Quarantining close contacts, potential secondary cases will already be separated from others before they develop symptoms or they start emitting virus if they are infected, thus preventing the opportunity for further spread. 
  • The incubation period of COVID-19, which is the time between exposure to the virus and symptom onset, is on average 5-6 days but can be as long as 14 days. 
  •  Quarantine should be in place for 14 days from the last exposure to a confirmed case. If it is not feasible for the infected person to quarantine in a separate living space, self-quarantine for 14 days at home is required; those in self-quarantine may require support during the use of physical distancing measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Masks are major barrier between you and COVID-19

  • Infected people without symptoms can transmit the virus, it is also advised to encourage the use of fabric face masks in public areas where there is community transmission and where other prevention measures, to maintain physical distancing, are not possible.
  • Fabric masks, if made and worn correctly, can serve as a barrier to droplets withdraw from the wearer into the air.
  • Masks must be practiced as part of a complete package of preventive actions, which includes regular hand hygiene, physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, environmental cleaning, and disinfection.
  •  Prescribed precautions also include avoiding indoor crowded gatherings as much as possible, in particular when physical distancing is not feasible, and ensuring good environmental ventilation in any closed setting. 
  • Regular use of a medical mask by health workers and caregivers working in all clinical fields, during all routine activities throughout the entire time.
  • Regular practice of hand hygiene. 
  •  Avoid overcrowded places to protect others, and ensure good environmental ventilation in all closed settings and appropriate environmental cleaning and sensitization.
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Who is most at risk for the Corona Virus disease?

Corona virus disease (COVID-19) symptoms can vary broadly. Some people are asymptomatic, while others become infected that they eventually need mechanical assistance to survive.

The risk of developing dangerous symptoms of COVID-19 may be developed in people who are older and also in people of any age who have other serious health issues like heart or lung conditions, enfeeble immune systems, severe obesity, or diabetes. This is similar to what is seen with other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza.

Diabetes is a risk factor

People living with diabetes have an increased risk of getting very sick from the new coronavirus. Diabetes type 1 and type 2 both cause an increase in blood sugar. Poorly controlled blood sugar can make viral diseases, including COVID-19, more threatening, possibly because higher blood sugar can create an environment where viruses are likely to grow more.

Lung problems

COVID-19 targets the lungs, so you’re more likely to develop severe symptoms if you have preexisting lung problems. Risk of serious symptoms is higher if you have these conditions:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Lung cancer

Some lung conditions may increase your risk of serious illness from COVID-19, including:

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

Moderate to severe asthma

While some medications for these conditions can weaken your immune system, it’s important to stay on your maintenance medications to keep symptoms as controlled as possible. You may want to talk to your doctor about obtaining an emergency supply of prescription medications, such as asthma inhalers.

People with disabilities

 If you need assistance from home health aides, you may face higher chances of coming into contact with someone who might spread the coronavirus. Ask people who come into your home to wash their hands before and after they touch you, change your linens, or do laundry.

Also make sure that frequently touched objects in your house, including doorknobs, faucets, phones, wheelchairs, or walkers, get disinfected several times a day.

Homeless people

 People living on the street or in shelters for the homeless may find themselves in close contact with people who might be infected with COVID-19.

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