HomeHealthLifeSouth seeks recovered COVID-19 patients to help by donating plasma
LifeSouth seeks recovered COVID-19 patients to help by donating plasma
April 8, 2020
Press release from LifeSouth Community Blood Centers
LifeSouth is partnering with medical centers in Florida, Georgia and Alabama to collect plasma from COVID-19 patients who have recovered from the virus, to transfuse to patients with COVID-19 to help with recovery.
Recovered COVID-19 patients who were tested and found positive can donate plasma if they have not had symptoms for at least 14 days and test negative by a lab, or after 28 days without symptoms with no follow-up testing required.
The treatment is considered an investigational new drug by the FDA, and collected donations will be sent to medical centers to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients. The plasma contains antibodies that may help fight the virus.
Plasma is the clear, straw-colored liquid in the blood that remains when red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are removed.