EFFECTIVENESS OF CONVALESCENT PLASMA THERAPY IN COVID-19 PATIENTS
Background: COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly identified strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). This strain is responsible for respiratory infections in humans.
Objective: The objective of this study was to analyze the clinical efficacy and safety of convalescent plasma (CP) therapy in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Methodology: This was an experimental trial of COVID-19 patients treated with convalescent plasma (CP) therapy, these patients were admitted in Lahore General Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan during April 24 to august 24, 2021.
Results: Pearson correlation was applied to extract the efficacy of convalescent plasma therapy (CP). A p-value ≤0.05 was considered significant. 16 out of 20 patients (80%) were completely recovered from COVID-19.
Conclusion: Convalescent plasma (CP) proved to be an effective and safe therapy for confirmed cases of COVID-19. However, two critically ill patients died.