COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Treatment

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convalescent plasma treatment of COVID-19

What is convalescent plasma?

  • Convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood that is collected from patients who have recovered from an infection.
  • Antibodies present in convalescent plasma are proteins that might help fight the COVID-19 infection.
  • Convalescent plasma is being investigated for the treatment of COVID-19 and there is some information that suggests it might help some patients recover from COVID-19.

What is the convalescent plasma donation process like?

  • Individuals must have fully recovered from COVID-19, with complete resolution of symptoms for at least 28 days before donation of convalescent plasma.
  • Plasma donation is exactly like donating blood – it is not more painful or invasive, but it might take a little longer to complete than a standard blood donation.
  • Donating plasma for the possible treatment of COVID-19 is giving someone the gift of life, but unlike blood donation, this gift is exceptionally rare – only those who have fully recovered from COVID-19 are eligible to donate convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19.
  • Your donation will be carefully screened by the collection facility to ensure there is no active virus circulating in your blood, so the donation is safe for the recipient.
  • Just like blood, plasma must be matched to the recipient’s blood type. In some cases, you may be able to direct your donation to a specific individual, but the plasma would need to be typed and crossed to match their unique blood type before transfusion.
  • Except in the cases of directed donation, all convalescent plasma donations are anonymous – you will not know who receives the donation and the donor will not know who donated the plasma.
  • If you decide to donate, you simply call a facility or go online to schedule an appointment at one of the locations listed below.
  • Thank you for your considering this wonderful gift to another person who is fighting COVID-19.

Where can patients donate convalescent plasma?

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