If you have recovered from COVID-19, you can donate plasma to help researchers. Renown Health and the University of Nevada, Reno – School of Medicine (UNR Med) are leading a study to better understand how the body’s immune system responds to COVID-19 (coronavirus) by collecting plasma from patients who have recovered from the virus.
Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 may now be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating their plasma. Renown Health and UNR Med are asking for plasma donations from those who have recovered. Recovered patients have convalescent blood plasma that contains COVID-19 antibodies.
What Does “Convalescent” Plasma Mean?
Convalescent plasma is plasma from someone who has recovered from a disease or illness. In this case, the convalescent plasma is from patients who have recovered from COVID-19. The plasma from patients who have recovered from the virus might help researchers find ways to help others recover from COVID-19. The hope is that antibodies in the donated plasma will help others who are infected fight the disease.
What is it Like to Donate Plasma?
Vitalant is working with Renown and UNR Med to collect plasma donations from patients who have recovered from COVID-19. The medical screening, health history review and donation process can take two hours. Read more about Vitalant’s COVID-19 donation process here.
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How to Donate Convalescent Plasma
Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 for at least two weeks and are in good health are encouraged to consider donating plasma as part of this study.