For the treatment of COVID-19, doctors have resorted to an existing method of fighting infectious diseases — plasma transfusions. Plasma is a component of blood, a process includes extracting the blood containing the antibodies of the infection the donor has recovered from. After departing the blood from the plasma doctor injected it into people infected with the coronavirus.
So looking forward to this, a team of some students and doctors have created an app called COPAL-19. The team consists of IIT-Delhi students, Kaashika Prajaapat and Tushar Chaudhary along with Tanay Aggarwal, a student of Maharaj Surajmal Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and Dr. Abhinav Singh Verma and Dr. Varidh Katiyar of AIIMS.
According to The Better, India, Kaushik says, “I was independently working on a medical facility tracker app to make the number of beds, ventilators and other facilities available in hospitals transparent. That was the initial idea for the app which later morphed into becoming a plasma bank app.” Also with Abhinav Singh Verma, an incident occurred, and that was the reason the team decided, with the help of technology, connect plasma donors with potential receivers.
Kaashika also told “A senior doctor at AIIMS and Dr. Verma’s colleague was in need of plasma, and it took him almost 12 hours to find the plasma donor. That was when Dr. Verma felt the need to develop an app to help bridge the gap. The Team felt that there was a lack of information and awareness, not a lack of donors. Kawashima says “We wanted to provide a platform that brings donors and patients in need together. This is why we came up with COPAL-19,”.
Tha COPAL- 19 app is only available for Android devices, which have also been converted into a web portal, where users can log in. The app is for two categories of people: donors who can register and treat a physician/hospital, which can access the data. After registering, the donor will have to enter all their following details:
- Contact details (e-mail, phone number)
- Place of residence
- Upload a copy of your diagnosis
- Mention if you were symptomatic/asymptomatic
- Last date on which you were symptomatic
Kaashika shares”According to the guidelines, a person is eligible to donate plasma fourteen days after they have tested negative for COVID-19 or twenty-eight days after the patient was last symptomatic,”After the above process, the donor receives a message via WhatsApp, telegram, e-mail, or SMS once the app finds a match. Details will be provided like the hospital to reach to donate plasma. In case they cannot reach the place, they can decline the message. Then the message will be sent to another donor. The process will be continued until a proper match is found.