Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients could help others

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Plasma is a promising way to treat COVID-19 patients who are critically ill, according to Dr. Nate Smith, State Secretary of Health.

He said plasma donations from those who have recovered from the novel coronavirus could play a significant role in the recovery of others.

“The plasma has to be processed and tested so that it’s safe to give but that’s a promising strategy,” Smith said.

Dr. Smith announced a new way of tracking COVID-19 hospital patients. He is asking all hospitals to update the state on hospitalizations as quickly as possible.

As of the afternoon of March 26, there were 41 COVID-19 hospitalizations.

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