Blood of COVID patients could predict severity of illness from virus and lead to targeted treatments, study finds

More than 30 research hospitals in the country were involved in assessing the viral loads in the plasma of three groups of patients with varying degrees of illness. (Prasesh Shiwakoti (Lomash) photo/Unsplash) More than 30 research hospitals in the country were involved in assessing the viral loads in the plasma of three groups of patients with varying degrees of illness. (Prasesh Shiwakoti (Lomash) photo/Unsplash)

Blood of COVID patients could predict severity of illness from virus and lead to targeted treatments, study finds

An international team of researchers led by Dalhousie immunologists and critical care specialists in Spain has found key biomarkers in the plasma of COVID-19 patients, which will help predict the severity of illness and could lead to new treatments for the virus.

The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Critical Care, involved 250 patients with COVID-19 whose plasma was tested in Spain for the presence of ribonucleic acid or RNA, the virus’s genetic blueprint....

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