Fox News medical contributor Dr. Nicole Saphier breaks down what you need to know about plasma being used to treat coronavirus.
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Violating civic integrity policy Ainsley. Thank you. Brian president, Trump tout ago therapeutic break through fighting Covid 19 announcing treat patients with convalescent plasma. This is a powerful therapy that Trans fuses strong blood in the patients battling a current infection. Incredible rate of success, todays action will dramatically expand access to this treatment. Ainsley here to discuss is Fox NEWS: medical contributor, Dr Nicole Saphier and author of that book. Right there make America healthy again, hey Dr Saphier Good Morning, Ainsley the Hhs Secretary said this is a major advance in the treatment of patients. What does this mean for America? Well, convalescent plasma plasma is the part of the blood that contains antibodies that you have heard so much about
convo says end plasma is not novel. We have been doing it for a century. A study out of Mayo Clinic treated thirty thousand patients with this potential modest benefit for patients treated early, whether I high enough tighters of the antibodies, the FDA has issued the emergency use authorization, its not FDA, approved, but an Eua, because it shows the potential for benefit in the emergency situation. It has proven safe. We know its safe because we have been using it for so long. The good news is, you know there is a chance that this will be saving lives. Therefore, people should be rejoicing, but unfortunately you know you do see. People want to damper such announcement, but at the end of the day, when you are in the middle of a crisis, Ainsley any sign of progress, any potential treatment that is proving safe and has the potential to save lives should be rejoiced upon Ainsley. So President Biden, excuse me me: Vice President Biden was interviewed hes to be President
David Muir asked him. If you become president, would you shut down the country again if scientists recommended it? Listen to this? If you are sworn in come January and we have coronavirus and the flu combining which many scientists have said is a real possibility. Would you be prepared to shut this country down again? I would shut it down. I would listen to the scientists. I would be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives. Ainsley, Dr Saphier, do you see scientists recommend, go aheading, another shut down or lockdown its easy to say that when actions arent based upon your words, bottom line is when you look at national crisis, one dealing with public health? Yes, you actually need to listen to your scientists. You also need to listen to mental health, developmental experts and as well as economic signists thats. How did you go best practice forward? Just shutting down entire diverse nation, doesnt necessarily make sense
the southern hemisphere right now reporting negligible flu season because of the social distancing and coronavirus. Hopefully, as we head into our flu seasonal, we will see the same effects with lower flu. At the end of the day, we do need to be listening to our public health recommendations, whether that is wearing a mask when you not socially distance and still avoiding large crowds. While we have a circuiting coronavirus, and although we have an arsenal of treatments right now, we still need more. There are a lot of studies underway getting us to that place where we can safely reopen every day. We are closer to a vaccine, hopefully spring two thousand and twenty one. We will be seeing that vaccine in use.
Transcript generated on 2020-08-24.