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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 because there is no approved treatment for this disease 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.