What Is Plasma Therapy and How to Boost Immunity Against Covid-19
What is COVID-19?
The first human coronavirus discovered in 1960. In truth, 15% of common cold and fever from viral infections that affect human beings is through coronaviruses. The new coronavirus is a strain of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(SARS) and, it is also called SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. This infectious disease transmitted from people to people through droplets from coughing, sneezing, and talking. It is a type of RNA virus that has a high mutation rate, but the COVID-19 virus is comparatively stable. So far, there is no vaccine or drug to treat the deadliest disease. Supportive treatments and enhancing immunity is the only hope to safeguard the affected people.
The treatment for this new member of the SARS family is considered a tough challenge to the medical world since it has revealed itself to be more threatening than other SARS viruses. Generally, we have two types of immunity in our bodies. The first one is innate immunity, which resides naturally in the body through, some genetic factors. The next one is adaptive immunity, when we are affected by bacteria or viruses, the WBC in our blood develops some antiviruses to fight against that foreign substance, in that process, we gain some immunity. So, to recover from this infectious disease, Medical practitioners are trying hard to induce such adaptive immunity in the infected person's body.
Plasma therapy, medically known as convalescent plasma therapy is a hundred years old procedure. The reasons to go for plasma therapy are, there are no particular antiviral agents and the lack of an exact cure for the infection. Plasma occupies 55% of the body's total blood volume. Plasma helps to transport all the remaining components of blood through blood vessels wherever it needs. It also possesses nutrients, immunoglobins or antibodies, and electrolytes in it. These plasma cells generated after we get recovered from infection produce high-affinity antibodies to fight against pathogens and prevents re-infection.
Plasma therapy is a process of transfusing antibodies in plasma cells from survivors of COVID-19 to the infected person. The completely recovered patients who are asymptomatic for at least ten days are eligible to donate plasma. Medical practitioners suggest the apheresis procedure for plasma transfusion, where the plasma is isolated from the blood, and the remaining components of blood are re-injected to the donor. Previously, this procedure was useful in the treatment of SARS, MERS, H1N1 influenza , and Ebola.
Immune Boosting Vitamins and Foods
- Mother's milk is rich in immunoglobin, helps to provide adequate immunity to the newborn, and protects the baby from various infections. Doctors advise feeding the baby for a definite period of six months, and mothers can nurse the baby for up to 2 years.
- Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E rich foods help to enhance our immune level. Try to consume the foods that are high in protein and zinc.
- Probiotic foods help to secrete the immunoglobin IgA, which enhances the immune level of the intestine. The good bacterias in probiotics help to fight against the infection.
- The lemon extract will help to destroy the virus and bacterias, causing infection. At the same time, it provides the appropriate environment for the good bacterias to grow well.
- Add holy basil, ginger, garlic, pepper, and cumin seeds as much as possible in your diet. It helps to rejuvenate your cells and keeps you away from the common cold and flu.