Arnold is also concerned about politicizing plasma, as the treatment hydroxychloroquine was previously. Both have been used to treat other illnesses but neither has been proven effective against COVID-19.
“Hydroxychloroquine is a good example,” he said. “There are other examples of things that look really enticing and the early data might suggest that it may be working but later on turns out once the data is in and all the trials have been done, it actually did not work or potentially was harmful.”
Arnold hopes plasma will be an effective treatment for COVID-19. He just wants to be sure it is.