This morning we take another look at the necessity for donating blood, my guest in the eight o’clock hour is Dr Gabriel Rebollon from Sangre Panama. We already know about the importance of blood donation and has been given even more prominence due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Did you know if you have had Covid-19 your blood is especially needed?
If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. Because you fought the infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies provided one way for your immune system to fight the virus when you were sick, so your plasma may be able to be used to help others fight off the disease.
These antibodies provided a way for your immune system to fight the virus when you were sick. For this reason, your plasma could be used to help others fight the disease.
Convalescent plasma is the liquid part of the blood collected from patients who have recovered from the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Patients with COVID-19 develop antibodies in the blood against the virus. Antibodies are proteins that can help fight infection.
Convalescent plasma is being investigated for the treatment of COVID-19 because there is no approved treatment for COVID-19 and there is information suggesting that it may help some patients recover from COVID-19.
What is Convalescent Plasma?
Convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood that is collected from patients who have recovered from the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 patients develop antibodies in the blood against the virus. Antibodies are proteins that might help fight the 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.
I Have Fully Recovered From COVID-19. Am I Eligible to Donate Plasma?
People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 for at least two weeks are encouraged to consider donating plasma, which may help save the lives of other patients. COVID-19 convalescent plasma must only be collected from recovered individuals if they are eligible to donate blood. Individuals must have had a prior diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test and meet other donor criteria. Individuals must have complete resolution of symptoms for at least 14 days prior to donation. A negative lab test for active COVID-19 disease is not necessary to qualify for donation.
How Can I Donate Convalescent Plasma?
Several resources are available regarding options to donate convalescent plasma in your area. To learn more and find the site nearest you: