Southcoast Health Encourages our Community to Donate Plasma to the American Red Cross
Southcoast Health encourages our community to donate plasma if they are fully recovered from COVID-19. In a recent publication by the American Red Cross, the following ask was released:
In coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 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 a 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:
- You are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 lbs. Additional weight requirements apply for donors age 18 or younger.
- In good health, you generally feel well, even if you’re being treated for a chronic condition. View blood donation FAQ’s.
- Have a prior, verified diagnosis of COVID-19, but are now symptom-free and fully recovered from COVID-19.
If you’re fully recovered from a new coronavirus infection and meet the above criteria, please fill out the Donor Eligibility Form. A Red Cross representative will follow up with prospective candidates to confirm eligibility.
Note: If you currently have or suspect that you have COVID-19 and have questions about your health, please contact your healthcare professional.
We continue to focus on prevention and safety for all.
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