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The United States on Monday crossed the staggering milestone of 500,000 COVID-19 deaths just over a 12 months because the coronavirus pandemic claimed its first recognized victim in Santa Clara County, California. Before this incident, it was not clear whether or not the virus could be transmitted via stable organ transplants, although it’s nicely documented with other respiratory viruses. Donor transmission of H1N pandemic influenza has been detected almost completely in lung transplant recipients, Kaul noted. While the Michigan case marks the primary confirmed incident in the U.S. of transmission by way of a transplant, others have been suspected. The transplant recipient deteriorated rapidly, creating multisystem organ failure. Doctors tried identified remedies for Covid-19, including remdesivir, a newly accredited drug, and convalescent blood plasma from folks previously infected with the illness. Eventually, she was positioned on the last-resort option of ECMO, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, to no avail.

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