RRVBC asks COVID-19 recoveries to donate plasma

Henrietta Brewer
August 2, 2020

It's a special gift only those who have recovered from the virus can give, so sign up to help today.

New York Blood Center (NYBC) is imploring people who have recovered from COVID-19 to come forward to donate convalescent plasma to help retreat patients around the country suffering from the disease.

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as a patient donates plasma at the American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, Thursday, July 30, 2020.

"It is rewarding to be one of the catalysts to have it, recover from it and can help whether it's one or 50 people or 100 people", Miles said. "Being able to give back to people who weren't fortunate enough to react the same way you did to the virus and give back to the community was important".

"Convalescent plasma is needed now more than ever". "Donating plasma and blood is safe, and those products we collect meet local needs first, so donating has real, immediate impact on local lives". The Red Cross says that donations of convalescent plasma are unable to keep up with demand.

Please note the donors must have complete resolution of symptoms at least 14 days prior to donation, and get a documented diagnosis of COVID-19 from an authorized lab or hospital, or a positive serological test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

The organization described the usefulness of the plasma in a statement saying that the patient is transfused with the donor's plasma with the goal of using the donor's antibodies to help clear the virus more rapidly and help decrease the need for ICU beds and ventilators.

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