As the Plasma Therapy started showing positive outcomes, illegal sale, purchase of convalescent plasma got rampant across the country; sadly, the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) announced that plasma therapy is not considered as a cure for coronavirus.
The ministry strictly warned that other than allergic reactions, there could be severe side effects of plasma therapy, like febrile reactions [temperature increase and sometimes headache and back pain], bronchospasm, transfusion-associated circulatory overload, acute lung injury, and most notably, the transmission of deadlier diseases like HIV, hepatitis B and C, and others.
It is worth noting that some of the COVID survivors are demanding tens of thousands of rupees for the plasma; even some labs have also started the illegal business of plasma.
According to guidelines, CP is still an experimental therapy that can only be done under controlled settings, and only approved hospitals are allowed to enroll their Covid-19 patients in the said clinical trials.
The guidelines state, “Individuals who have fully recovered from Covid-19, are asymptomatic for at least two weeks and are willing to donate plasma, can contact helpline 1166 for guidance for nearby accredited plasma donation centers and hospitals offering CP to patients under approved protocols”.
According to NHS, plasma therapy, in the clinical trial phase, is still not considered a cure for Covid-19.