CLOSE Why a treatment used for over a century on diseases like measles, mumps and influenza could work to treat the new coronavirus strain. USA TODAYWASHINGTON – Two congressman announced Thursday that they will be donating their blood plasma, since they have recovered from COVID-19, to those who are sick with the virus.The technique of using plasma from people who have recovered from a disease to treat others with the same disease goes back more than a century and has been successful in stemming outbreaks of poliomyelitis, measles, mumps and influenza.Plasma from those who have recovered from the coronavirus is currently being evaluated as a potential treatment for patients battling the virus and as a possible step toward creating a vaccine.Feinstein urges McConnell not to reconvene Senate: ‘No way to do this without increased risk’Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., are among six lawmakers on Capitol Hill who have tested positive for coronavirus so far.”I was incredibly fortunate to only have extremely mild #COVID19 symptoms and now I’m grateful for the chance to help out someone who is critically ill,” Cunningham wrote on Twitter. “If you’ve recovered from coronavirus, I encourage you to do the same!”I was incredibly fortunate to only have extremely mild #COVID19

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