President Trump asks recovered COVID-19 patients to donate plasma

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 2, 2020

Those who have had the virus and have recovered develop antibodies against the virus in the blood, which could be used to treat those still battling the disease. Malcolm Perry and second-year linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel boarded OneBlood's Big Red Bus on Thursday to donate their convalescent plasma. During Thursday's roundtable at the American Red Cross headquarters in D.C., the president highlighted the need for plasma donations in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. "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".

Scientists are investigating the use of blood plasma from recovering COVID-19 patients as a tool to prevent infection in others. He said that if infusing plasma into patients can help prevent infections as well as assist those who are ill, the double whammy may help control the coronavirus even without a vaccine.

Last month, Mayo Clinic researchers reported that 20,000 COVID-19 patients deemed at risk for progressing to a severe or life-threatening condition saw their risk of death drop from 12% to 9% a week after receiving plasma therapy.

President Trump has asked those who have recovered from coronavirus to donate their plasma as soon as they can.

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. Gail McGovern, CEO of the American Red Cross, said the demand for convalescent plasma is outpacing the supply at the organization's blood banks.

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