Covid- 19 Convalescent Plasma
The Blood Connection is establishing a program to work with clinicians and our community to locate positive COVID-19 patients who have recovered from the infection to take part in COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Collection.
Studies suggest that using the plasma had some success in reducing symptoms and death in past outbreaks, but its true efficacy has not been proved in rigorous clinical trials. In the current outbreak, anecdotal evidence from China shows that passive antibody therapy appears to help sick patients fight off COVID-19 until they can develop antibodies on their own.
Shortness of Breath
“The impacts on the blood supply from COVID-19 will only be as bad as this community allows it to be. If those who are feeling healthy donate now and encourage others to do the same, there could be little to no impact, and communities’ blood supplies will remain resilient and self-sustaining. Maintaining a sustainable community blood supply is the responsibility and the privilege of the healthy individuals in that community. Now more than ever, express yourself as an upstanding community hero and be the one to answer the call to help. We need you now. It’s up to you.”