Convalescent Plasma Donors Needed
MIDLAND, Mich. – MidMichigan Health is asking individuals who previously tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered to consider donating their plasma, also known as convalescent plasma.
“If you have recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma,” said Lydia Watson, M.D., chief medical officer, MidMichigan Health. “As a result of your infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies, which is one way your immune system fought the virus when you were sick. Your plasma is now known as convalescent plasma and this plasma has proven helpful to those infected with COVID-19. The donation could possibly save a life.”
Donors who have recovered from COVID-19 are asked to donate convalescent plasma through the local blood bank if they have had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 by physician and laboratory testing, are symptom free for 28 days before being eligible to donate, and are symptom free for 14-27 days, a negative test must be verified.
“Your healthcare provider will be able to confirm your lab test and symptom free time as needed by donation centers,” added Dr. Watson.
Those interested in more information or wishing to become a donor may visit www.versiti.org/home/convalescent-plasma-donations. Those with questions may contact Michigan Versiti Blood Center of Michigan at (866) 642-5663.