American Red Cross seek plasma donors

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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The American Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from COVID-19.

These individuals may be able to help patients currently suffering from COVID-19.

According to recent guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the American Red Cross, people who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus.

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This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients seriously ill with COVID-19. Historically, convalescent plasma has been used as a potentially lifesaving treatment when new diseases or infections develop quickly, and no treatments or vaccines were available yet. The Red Cross has been asked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help identify prospective donors and manage the distribution of these products to hospitals treating patients in need. If an individual is fully recovered from a verified coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosis, the Red Cross has provided a form to be completed online. A Red Cross representative will follow up with prospective candidates to confirm eligibility.