Plasma donations helping COVID-19 patients
The Red Cross has been stepping up in the fight against COVID-19 in numerous ways, but they can’t do it alone and need your help.
In coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from the 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.
The plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections or those who might be at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening disease. John McFarland with the American Red Cross Southeast MS Chapter said, “That helps build their immune system and it has had tremendous success in helping the worst suffering patients recover from the virus. It’s not a cure. It’s not a vaccine, but it is a way of helping bodies that aren’t responding properly do so.”
This week is also Media 4 Red Cross Week. Starting tomorrow there will be blood drives all over the Coast and you can make your appointment to give online at redcrossblood.org.