The Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from the new coronavirus to sign up to donate plasma to help current COVID-19 patients.
People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections, or those judged by a healthcare provider to be at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening disease.
You may qualify to donate plasma for coronavirus patients if you meet specific convalescent plasma and regular blood donation eligibility requirements: (1) You are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 lbs. Additional weight requirements apply for donors age 18 or younger; (2) In good health. You generally feel well, even if you’re being treated for a chronic condition; (3) Have a prior, verified diagnosis of COVID-19, but are now symptom free and fully recovered from COVID-19. For more information: https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/plasma-donations-from-recovered-covid-19-patients.html