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A2 | JOURNAL-NEWS | FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. CORONAVIRU­S: THE LATEST TREATMENT researcher­s waited for the the decision as data. Thenewstud­y is one of lacking in scientifif­ic support. thefifirst­well-designedcl­inical At the of the emergency trials toshowthat authorizat­ion, scant hassomeben­efifififif­ifit.“That’skind evidence pointed to the possibilit­y ofwhatweha­vebeenlook­ing that blood plasma for, in terms of really having might help people offff evidence,” saidDr. Boghuma the coronaviru­s. The treatment’s KabisenTit­anji, an infectious benefifits also seemed disease physician at Emory largely limited to patients University­whowasn’tinvolved who received their infusions in the research. within threedayso­f diagnosis Convalesce­nt plasma, the and hadn’t yet experience­d yellow left over severe symptoms. after blood is stripped of its The new study, by Dr. red and white cells, teems Fernando Polack, a pediatric with disease-fighting molecules infectious disease physician called Last and the scientifif­ic directorof summer, Trump hailed it as theINFANTF­oundation “a powerful therapy” made in Argentina, appears to clarify possible “by marshaling the the circumstan­ces under full power of the federal government.” which plasma has its perks. In 80 people, an infusion But theFDA’s controvers­ial of plasma decreased the risk stampofapp­roval, grantedon of developing a severe case Aug. 23, was met with widespread­criticismf­romresearc­hersandhea­lthcarepro­fessionals, of COVID by 48%, compared with another group of 80 who received a saline many of whom decried the study political and KatherineJ. Wu ©2021TheNew­YorkTimes time thetherapy Asmallbut rigorouscl­inical trial in Argentina has found thatbloodp­lasmafromr­ecovered COVID-19 patients can keepoldera­dults fromgettin­g seriously sick with the coronaviru­s — if they get the therapy within days of the onset of the illness. The results, published Wednesday in the New EnglandJou­rnal ofMedicine, aresomeof thefifirst toconclusi­velypointt­owardtheof­t-discussedt­reatment’sbenefific­ial efffffffff­fffects. Theyarrive­nearlyfifi­fifififive months after the Food Drug Administra­tion, under pressure fromPresid­entDonald Trump, issued the therapyane­mergencygr­eenlight for use inpeopleho­spitalized with COVID-19. Thousands ofpatients­have received infusions of plasma in the months since, while fifight A worker gives instructio­ns tomotorist­s at aCOVID-19 testing site in Los Angeles. The virus is spreading in virtually every state, with California particular­ly hard hit. Skyrocketi­ng deaths and infections there are threatenin­g to force hospitals to ration care and essentiall­y decidewho lives andwho dies. pale liquid led MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ / ASSOCIATED PRESS antibodies. DEATHTOLL and solutionin­stead, found. followed his example. He has also raged against lockdowns egged on protesters objecting to restrictio­ns in states such as Michigan, where armed supporters invaded the statehouse last spring. On Wednesday, the day a horde of protesters breached the U.S. Capitol, disrupting efforts to certify the election of Joe Biden, the U. S. recorded 3,865 virus deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The numbers can dramatical­ly afterholid­ays andweekend­s, and the is subject to revision. “The domestic terrorists overran the Capitol police, just as the virus has been allowed to overrun Americans,” said Dr. Eric Topol, head of Scripps Research Translatio­nal Institute. “The U.S. lost control of a Trump-incited and a Trump-played- down pandemic virus.” slow the spread. “I’m begging everyone to help us out because we aren’t the front line. We’re the last line.” About 1.9 people around the world have died of the coronaviru­s, more than 360,000 in the U.S. alone. December was by far the nation’s deadliest month yet, and health experts are warning January could be more terrible still because of family gatherings and travel the holidays. A new, more contagious variant of the virus is taking hold around the globe and in the U.S. Also, it remains to be seen what efffffffff­fffect thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump who converged this week in Washington, of them maskless, will have on the spread of the scourge. Trump has long downplayed­the virus andscorned masks, many of his ardent supporters have ByCarlaK. Johnson andLisaMar­iePane and Associated­Press million The U.S. registered­more COVID-19 deaths in a single day than ever before — nearly 3,900 -- on the very day the mob attack on the Capitol laid bare some of the same, deeppoliti­cal divisions that have hampered the battle against the pandemic. The virus is spreading in virtually every state, with California particular­ly hard Skyrocketi­ng deaths infections there are threatenin­g to force hospitals to care essentiall­y decide who lives and who dies. “Folks are for breath. Folks lookliketh­ey’re drowning when they are in bed right in front of us,” said Dr. Jeffrey Chien, an emergency roomphysic­ian at Santa Clara ValleyRegi­onal Medical Center, urging people to do their part to help ASIA Japan declares an emergency for Tokyo area as cases spike that told reporters after the declaratio­n. He promisedmo­re aid for hospitals treating COVID-19 patients. The Japanese military is ready to help, and efffffffff­ffforts are underway to get a vaccine approved and delivered, he added. Please take this matter seriously as your own, to protect all precious life, your parents, your grandparen­ts, family friends, over generation­s,” Suga said. Coronaviru­s cases have been surging in Japan following year- end and New Year’s holidays. The declaratio­ncarries no penalties. But it works as a strong request while Japan juggles to keep economy going. Shopping mal l s and schools will remain Movie theaters, museums and events will be asked to reduce attendance. Places that defy the request will be on a list, while that complywill be eligible for aid, according to offifficia­ls. “I am confident we can this, but Imust ask all of you endure a restricted life for a while longer,” Suga ByYuriKage­yama Associated­Press over Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo nearby areas on Thursday as coronaviru­s cases continue to surge, hitting a daily record of 2,447 in the capital. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga issuedthe declaratio­nat the government taskforce for the coronaviru­s. 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