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Save Lives – Donate Plasma If You Have Recovered from Covid-19

Save Lives – Donate Plasma If You Have Recovered from Covid-19

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Those who have recovered from COVID-19 can support other serious or life-threatening infected patients through convalescent plasma donation.

Convalescent plasma therapy is an experimental treatment that some doctors are using for people with severe coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Although no drug has been approved for treating the novel coronavirus, the FDA suggests that fully-recovered patients may be able to help others currently fighting the infection.

The reason plasma is considered a possible treatment for COVID-19 patients is simple. The FDA states, “Because you fought the infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies provided one way for your immune system to fight the virus when you were sick, so your plasma may be able to help others fight off the disease.”

People who have recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies, which are proteins that the body uses to fight off infections in their blood, and plasma is the liquid portion of the blood. Plasma from recovered patients is called “convalescent plasma,” which alongside hyperimmune immunoglobulin, has been used successfully in the past to treat other respiratory viruses.

“Those who have fully recovered from COVID-19 for at least two weeks are encouraged to consider donating plasma, which may help save the lives of other patients,” says Fiorella Marinos, Quality Specialist for CSL Plasma at Margate, FL. “COVID-19 convalescent plasma must be collected only from recovered individuals if they are eligible to donate blood.”

According to Fiorella Marinos, donating plasma is similar to giving blood. However, the plasma is separated from the red blood cells and other cellular components by sedimentation or centrifugation techniques using laboratory equipment. These blood cells and cellular components are then returned to the patient’s body with a sterile saline solution to help the body replace the plasma removed from the whole blood

CSL Plasma is one of the leaders in plasma collection. It operates one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated plasma collection networks, with more than 270 plasma collection centers in the U.S., Europe and China. Through the years, they have ensured that tens of thousands of people can recover from chronic conditions and remain healthy. Now, amid the coronavirus pandemic, they are in the frontlines conducting research for the treatment of COVID-19.

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CSL is accepting donations from recovered patients at their Florida Locations. “Patients can qualify to donate plasma providing a positive lab result of coronavirus (COVID-19) and if they have been symptom-free for at least 14 days,” said Marinos. Besides, patients must be in good health, be at least 18 years of age, weigh at least 110 lbs, have valid identification and permanent address, and have had no tattoos or piercings within the last four months. Patients who qualify as donors receive a $100 compensation, may donate blood up to two times per week and earn up to $400. If you meet the criteria above visit www.cslplasma.com.

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