SALT LAKE CITY — If you are among tens of thousands in Utah who have recovered from the coronavirus, doctors in the state want your blood.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization to use blood plasma as a COVID-19 treatment Sunday, a move allowing more seriously ill patients in Utah and nationwide to get the treatment as studies continue to evaluate it.
But they say they first need more donors.
In Utah, more than 500 people have already received the antibody-rich plasma through Intermountain Healthcare’s participation in an existing FDA program. Cynthia Lemus, a flight attendant from Magna, was first to do so after other treatments failed to pull her out of critical condition.
Lemus smiled Monday as she described how her energy has returned and she feels happy just to be alive, albeit with a lingering cough.
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