Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, confirmed on Tuesday night that he plans to donate his blood for study so that a cure for the coronavirus can hopefully be found. NBA star.
He also announced that he is clear of COVID-19 after testing positive for the virus two weeks ago.
Michael Joyner, an anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic, revealed that at least four NBA players who have recovered from the infection plan to donate blood for the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project, an experimental treatment that could help high-risk patients recover from the virus.
The NBA league office reportedly reached out to NBA team physicians on Sunday, encouraging players who have recovered from the virus to consider participating in the experimental treatment, according to a copy of the memo in circulation.
Joyner stated that he believes the experimental treatment “can be disease-modifying and reduce duration and severity in some patients.” The therapy utilizes the antibodies in blood from recovered patients to potentially curb the virus in sick patients.
Joyner highlighted that professional athletes could be especially valuable plasma donors.
“These are big men with blood volumes, and as a result [they] have a lot of plasma volume,” he added. NBA star.
He said “frequently people who are physically trained also have an increase in their plasma volume from what you would expect from them just being regular-sized guys.”
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