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Convalescent Plasma Therapy Cannot Be Given To Everyone, May Be Useful In Early Stage Of COVID-19: AIIMS Director

According to Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of AIIMS, Delhi, during convalescent plasma therapy two things play a crucial role – type of plasma and the patient it is being given to

Convalescent Plasma Therapy Cannot Be Given To Everyone, May Be Useful In Early Stage Of COVID-19: AIIMS Director
Highlights
  • Convalescent plasma cannot be given to everyone, said Dr Randeep Guleria
  • Convalescent plasma needs to have sufficient antibodies: Dr Guleria
  • ICMR study showed that plasma therapy didn’t have many benefits: Dr Guleria

New Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi Director Dr Randeep Guleria has said that convalescent plasma therapy (CP) may be useful in early stages in a COVID-19 patient who is having a moderate disease and it should have sufficient antibodies to be effective. “With convalescent plasma therapy, there are two things that we need to understand. One is the type of plasma that we are giving and the second is the patient that we are giving to. The convalescent plasma that we give has to have sufficient antibodies to be effective when given to a patient suffering from COVID-19,” Dr Guleria told ANI.

Also Read: Convalescent Plasma Therapy Didn’t Help In Reducing COVID-19 Deaths: ICMR Study

It cannot be given to everyone. We need to have more data. But the study did show that when it was being used in our country at that point in time, it did not have many benefits, he added.

He said convalescent plasma therapy may be useful “in early stage in a patient who is having a moderate disease and may be progressing”.

A study by India Council of Medical Research (ICMR) study reported on Tuesday (September 8) said that CP therapy did not help in reducing deaths due to coronavirus.

Dr Guleria also said that people have started travelling or moving to smaller cities and from there to certain parts of rural India.

That is why we are seeing more spread of the infection in smaller towns. And therefore, we need to have different strategies in these areas if we want to control the infection. There is also the ‘COVID-19 fatigue behaviour’ that has set in. Now people have started becoming frustrated and fed up of the measures that has to be taken, he said.

Also Read: Coronavirus Outbreak Explained: What Is Convalescent Plasma Therapy And How Effective Is It In Treating COVID-19 Patients?

On Delhi government’s decision to allow testing without prescription, Dr Guleria said earlier it was felt that people who had symptoms were not being able to get themselves tested because they first needed a doctor’s prescription.

Such cases were causing delay. Even a few days delay means that person can spread the infection to others. So to make it more efficient, the testing on demand has been introduced, he said.

He said there will be a number of patients who will have some degree of problems after recovering from COVID-19.

When we talk about the post COVID care, it is important for us to understand that this is what we are realising as our next phase of COVID-19 management strategy, that there will be a number of patients who will have some degree of problems after recovering from COVID-19. The increase in cases that we have seen in certain places such as Delhi, this is like a resurgence of the cases that you could say is the second wave in term of new cases, he said.

Also Read: Rising COVID-19 Cases Will ‘Plateau’ After 10-15 Days; No Need To Panic: Delhi Health Minister

Dr Guleria said the government is working aggressively on the vaccine.

We have three vaccines which are in various stages of clinical trials. The Oxford vaccine is also doing well but there are some issues regarding its side effects that will be sorted soon. But I think the trials are going rapidly and if we are able to show that these vaccines are really safe and they give good immunity then maybe by the end of the year or by early next year, we should be able to have a vaccine available in our country, he said.

Also Read: COVID-19 Vaccine Roundup: Trials Of Oxford Vaccine Candidate, A Frontrunner In The Global Race, Are Paused After Unexplained Illness Occurred In A Volunteer

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World

23,96,06,768Cases
20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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