Prayer #152: For a Possible Convalescent Plasma Treatment of COVID-19 Patients
Dr. Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of Food and Drugs in the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) announced yesterday during a Coronavirus briefing with President Trump, a possible treatment for COVID-19 patients who uses blood plasma from patients who have already recovered from the virus. Plasma is the yellow, liquid part of blood that contains antibodies. Based on the scientific evidence that is now available, the FDA has concluded that giving this plasma to hospitalized COVID patients may be of significant help in their recovery. This is because the antibodies that helped the already-recovered patient can, in turn, help those presently battling the virus.
The FDA has thus issued an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma to treat active COVID-19 patients. People who have fully recovered from the virus for more than two weeks, with a complete resolution of symptoms for at least that long, are eligible to donate plasma, which could save the life of a Coronavirus patient. The American Red Cross is collecting this plasma, among other blood donor organizations.
Pray today for the use of convalescent plasma in treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Pray that this would indeed be effective in helping these patients to quickly recover and that many lives would be saved. Pray for the number of convalescent plasma donations needed to come in quickly.
Ps. 145:: "The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made."