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Apr 23, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Government looking for recovered patients to help with COVID-19 therapy

The most important element of the new therapy is to find people who have recovered from the disease and build up immunity against the virus.

The ministry of innovation and technology is looking for blood plasma donors among people who have recovered from the novel coronavirus for a therapy, currently in an experimental phase, which aims to alleviate patients' symptoms.

According to MTI, a team of researchers working on the project is ready to administer the serum this week. The most important element of the new therapy is to find people who have recovered from the disease and build up immunity against the virus.

The team said medical tests and scientific research have shown that the Cytokine storm, an overreaction of the immune system, could be hindered by injecting healthy serum. If the serum originates from a donor who has recovered from the infection, the high level of antibodies in their blood could make the treatment more effective.

The project supported by the ministry is managed by deputy rector for research at the University of Physical Education, Zsombor Lacza, who is also the CEO of the company OrthoSera, specialized in developing serum-based technologies for orthopedic, dental or sports surgery. Support from the ministry has enabled the company to devote its capacities to serum therapy.

A call center set up for advice on the coronavirus can be reached on +36-80-277-455 and +36-80-277-456 or by email koronavirus@bm.gov.hu