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Potential COVID-19 treatment approved by FDA now put on hold by Dr. Anthony Fauci

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — COVID-19 treatment trials involving plasma are being put on hold, after top federal health officials said they need more data.

Plasma is the yellow residue you see after blood comes out. According to researchers, potential life-saving anti-bodies live in the plasma of a person who has recovered from COVID-19.

The idea is that if a person sick with COVID-19 is given the anti-body rich plasma, they will recover. Doctors said it’s taking time to see how well this actually works.

SEE RELATED STORY: COVID-19 survivor hopes to encourage others to donate plasma

At Houston Methodist Hospital, there were 136 patients who got COVID-19 anti-bodies and were more likely to be alive four weeks later, compared to 251 patients who didn’t get it. Doctors said the key was giving them the plasma within three days of getting to the hospital.

SEE RELATED STORY: Pregnant woman survives COVID-19 after given plasma from other survivor
There are 10 trials like this one happening all over the United States, but each trial has a few hundred people.

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