Doctors among group backing 'blood washing' for long COVID

Medic-run clinics across Europe are offering HELP apheresis for the condition, with doctors among those treated, reveals BMJ investigation

A small group of doctors are among a growing global movement backing "blood washing" as a treatment for long COVID, which has seen thousands of patients travel to Europe for the expensive and experimental procedure.

Dr Beate Jaeger.

The treatment involves HELP (heparin induced extracorporeal LDL precipitation) apheresis — where blood is passed over a heparin filter — which is