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Coronavirus: Singapore exploring plasma therapy for virus patients

Antibodies in blood of recovered patients may help in treatment; some success seen in China trial

Ms Angela Chung, 43, says her father, coronavirus patient Chung Ah Lay (left), 70, is critically ill and requires a ventilator to breathe. She hopes that he can have the option of plasma therapy on compassionate grounds. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO READER
Ms Angela Chung, 43, says her father, coronavirus patient Chung Ah Lay (above), 70, is critically ill and requires a ventilator to breathe. She hopes that he can have the option of plasma therapy on compassionate grounds. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO READER
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Patients who have recovered from Covid-19 may be able to contribute in a big way to treating future patients - with their blood plasma.

Known as plasma therapy, this treatment makes use of the antibodies to the coronavirus that such patients now have.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2020, with the headline Singapore exploring plasma therapy for virus patients. Subscribe