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Agencies seek plasma donations to treat COVID-19 patients

The FDA has authorized convalescent plasma therapy for COVID-19 on an emergency basis, with some studies showing that plasma therapy may speed recovery time for COVID patients. Research is ongoing, and clinical trials are continuing to determine whether plasma transfusions have real benefits.... Read more»

Consumer beware: coronavirus antibody tests are still a work in progress

After hearing for months about serious access issues involving tests that diagnose COVID-19 based on swabs from the nose or throat, Americans are being inundated with reports about promising new tests that look for signs of infection in the blood. Infectious disease experts are raising pointed questions about the reliability of the early tests and the studies that hinge on their results. And they warn that state and local governments — as well as individuals — should be wary of shaping policy or changing behavior based on any single report.... Read more»