Can stem cells bend the COVID-19 curve?
China has published a case study wherein a 65-year-old lady, critically suffering from COVID-19 was offered Mesenchymal stem cells isolated from the umbilical cord
The world is passing through quite a rough phase, as the global economy is crashing, schools are closed, and countries are facing locking down; only to face economic shock due to recent coronavirus pandemic. So what is happening around the world? Do you really need to take a deep dive into the data and the calculus generated so far?
Well, experts are suggesting, if you really start doing that you will soon face a nightmare that currently is being faced by Italy and China; contrary to which, if you start working on it quickly, you can still pass through the crisis.
So, what is all about bending the curve?
Since COVID-19 has been declared to be pandemic by the World Health Organization; each country is facing a rapid spike in a number of infected people. Remember, in this, we are ignoring cases, which have still not been tested; once tested there can be havoc in a number of confirmed cases, which may have infected more people around. This can be explained in a more simplified language as one infected person can contaminate 100 other people, who are in close contact; and is sufficient to raise the curve rapidly.
One of the primary questions that need immediate attention here is whether your country is adequately equipped with necessary after cares? If not then the only probable solution is to bend the curve; by increasing the immunity, being healthier and pushing the chance of being infected into the future.
Countries like Japan, Germany, and South Korea have bent the curve to an extent, where they have been able to offer the right care to infected patients and have provided sufficient precautionary options to help people to strengthen their immunity, lower inflammation and minimise spread. So this is exactly what I mean by bending the curve, leading to spread out cases over a longer period of time; by being stronger in you.
How about 'Bending the curve' with the help of stem cell therapy?
It is indeed a hard truth of our healthcare system that we need to believe and understand our system has limitations. Reports from Italy are suggesting that numbers of deaths are more not because they couldn’t be saved in the viral pandemic; but because they could not get sufficient aftercare that they needed the most.
And the only option would be to delay the chances of being infected, and stem cells can definitely help you in doing so! Recently, China has published a case study wherein a 65-year-old lady, critically suffering from COVID-19 was offered Mesenchymal stem cells isolated from the umbilical cord. The study concluded with significant clinical outcomes, higher tolerance, and reduced respiratory inflammation post stem cell therapy.
In another location of Wuhan, which has been noted to be an epicentre of the corona outbreak, seven patients suffering from infection were administered with Mesenchymal stem cells isolated from umbilical cord and have been reported to have a complete recovery from the infection. Further studies in the same, have cleared proved that patients who had undergone stem cell therapy post-infection were reportedly had decreased pool of inflammatory cytokines that have been reportedly the primary cause of deaths in COVID-19 infections.
Are you with us in bending the curve?
Mesenchymal Stem cells isolated from umbilical cord wharton’s jelly are being reported as a possible solution at this moment to minimise the inflammatory cytokine pools in the circulation and prevent death associated with the infection. The only challenge that can be faced is travel associated with stem cell therapy, and we have a possible solution over the issue; but the question is, are you with us in bending the curve?
Vipul Jain is CEO of Advancells.