Researchers call on COVID-19 survivors to donate blood plasma to help severely ill patients

first_imgA team of researchers focusing on convalescent plasma at Cipto Mangungkusomo Hospital/University of Indonesia’s School of Medicine has urged survivors of COVID-19 to donate their blood plasma to help treat patients with the novel coronavirus.“The donated blood plasma will be used on COVID-19 patients who are severely ill,” team member Robert Sinto said as reported by on Thursday.Donors are required to have been declared free of COVID-19 through two swab tests and be at least 18 years old. He explained that the blood samples of the convalescent plasma could be used in therapy treatment for COVID-19 patients. “We really hope that everyone can help us in treating COVID-19 patients suffering greatly,” Robert said.The group also shared the contact number of 081219973852 for survivors who would like to make a donation.  Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology director Amin Soebandrio previously explained that the plasma contained antibodies that would prove effective in neutralizing the coronavirus incubating within the patients.He said the blood should be taken two to four weeks after the donor recovered from COVID-19.Convalescent plasma has proven effective in small studies for treating infectious diseases, including Ebola and SARS. Topics :last_img read more

Azarenka Out of Wimbledon

first_imgAzarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, has been plagued by foot injuries in recent years.She won bronze in the women’s singles and gold in the mixed doubles at the London 2012 Olympics and her withdrawal comes just six weeks before the start of Rio 2016.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka has been ruled out of Wimbledon with a knee injury, the tournament organisers have announced.Azarenka, 26, was seeded sixth for the tournament which begins on Monday.The two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist has not played since retiring from her first-round match against Italian Karin Knapp at last month’s French Open.The Belarusian’s withdrawal means five-time champion Venus Williams will move up into the top eight seeds.It also means Britain’s number one Johanna Konta moves up to 16th seed – meaning she will not face a higher-seeded player until round four, should she progress.last_img read more