Dr Kong Yuefeng, a recovered COVID-19 patient who has passed his 14-day quarantine, donates plasma at a clinic in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients contains antibodies that can help reduce the virus effect in critically ill patients, according to China’s National Health Commission. [Yuan Zheng/EPA]

Chengdu, China – As the deadly coronavirus spreads to every continent except Antarctica and the death toll climbs above 3,000, scientists and doctors around the world are rushing to find a way to cure the disease, COVID-19, before it infects more people and poses an even bigger challenge to global health.

The progress made by the Chinese health workers in treating the disease offers hope: more than half the patients in China where the

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