.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan donates plasma for COVID-19 patients. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • In plasma therapy, antibodies from the blood of a COVID-19 patient who has recovered are used to treat serious patients
  • Several public health professionals wrote to the Principal Scientific Advisor about the irrational use of plasma therapy in the country
  • They said that the current research indicated that there was no benefit offered by it

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
UP Minister for Health Atul Garg interacts with a plasma donor during the inauguration of the plasma bank in Noida. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • Through the list, the Centre attempted to clear up questions on who can donate plasma
  • According to it, a donor can give plasma 14 days after receiving a COVID-19 positive report in case he/she is asymptomatic
  • Women who have ever been pregnant cannot donate plasma

The US results of plasma treatment trial was not satisfactory. (Photo Credits: Representational Image/ Unsplash)

  • The trial began in August last year and involved just over 500 people
  • The people chosen for the study also had risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes
  • An independent group of experts determined it was unlikely to benefit patients