Houston-area hospitals issue urgent call for plasma from people who have recovered from coronavirus

Houston hospitals use plasma therapy as potential treatment for coronavirus
Houston hospitals use plasma therapy as potential treatment for coronavirus

HOUSTON – Houston-area hospitals are issuing urgent calls for plasma donations from people who have recovered from coronavirus as doctors use it to treat current patients.

"All of us in the Houston scientific community are banding together in the fight against coronavirus,” said Dr. Henry Wang, Professor and Executive Vice-Chair of Research of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UTHealth.

Doctors at UT Health are now taking part in convalescent plasma therapy for coronavirus patients. They are joining Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine on this mission.

“We are all desperately reaching for therapies that might actually work against this terrible disease,” said Dr. Wang.

Urgent need for volunteers

With plasma therapy, doctors transfer the antibodies that fight COVID-19 from those who have recovered, to patients who are seriously ill with the virus. The urgent need now is for more volunteers.

“I’m going to beg everyone in the community, take this call for action very seriously,” said Dr. Wang.

One of the major goals of the program is to be a community resource, and there has been success in this area.