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.
Donating Blood is Safe
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted COVID-19. Individuals are not at risk of contracting COVID-19 through the blood donation process or via a blood transfusion, since respiratory viruses are generally not known to be transmitted by donation or transfusion.
Routine blood donor screening measures are already in place to prevent individuals with clinical respiratory infections from donating blood.
If the outbreak continues to spread, additional challenges could arise, which could potentially reduce the number of eligible donors. All healthy individuals need to donate. With the safety measures in place, know that you can donate blood with confidence at The Blood Connection.
America’s Blood Centers has stated that a blood drive is not considered a mass gathering or an event. Blood drives do not fall into that category and adhere to guidelines as being a safe place.
Blood centers are not healthcare providers and thus do not provide coronavirus tests. TBC will screen all donors to make sure they are healthy and eligible to donate.
The Blood Connection staff completes a full health screening for all donors prior to donating blood. This includes a questionnaire (which includes travel questions), temperature check, and mini-physical.
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.”