Fully Recovered from Corona Virus? Donate Convalescent Plasma

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If you have completely recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients who are still suffering from CoronaVirus by donating your plasma.

A recovered COVID-positive patient is considered to gain enough proteins, called antibodies in his/her blood which helps the body fight infection from the root. The plasma cells, which contain antibodies, could hence help those critically ill gain antibodies to fight the COVID-19 infection when their body is unable to do so and hence, speeding up recovery rate especially for those who belong to a high-risk category, or older or are immuno-compromised.

Studies say that convalescent plasma therapy can help provide short-term immunity against the COVID-19 virus as well.

What is Convalescent Plasma?

Convalescent refers to anyone recovering from a disease. Plasma is the yellow, liquid part of blood that contains antibodies. Antibodies are proteins made by the body in response to infections. Convalescent plasma from patients who have already recovered from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may contain antibodies against COVID-19. Giving this convalescent plasma to hospitalized people currently fighting COVID-19 may help them recover.

Who cannot Donate?

Even though the therapy is remarkably effective, plasma donation has a specific limitation as to who can or cannot donate. Only people who weigh over 50 kilograms, women who are nulliparous (have not had children), have healthy hemoglobin levels, do not have pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, uncontrolled blood pressure levels are allowed to donate plasma. Individuals who are found to be positive for HIV, hepatitis B, C, E, and HTLV-1, undergoing cancer are also asked to refrain from the donation.

How Can You Donate Convalescent Plasma?

Many resources are available regarding options to donate convalescent plasma in your area. To learn more and find the place nearest you:

Conclusion

The scientists examined that since the antibodies in the donated plasma decrease within 2 to 4 months, the plasma donors must not wait for longer period and donate their plasma as soon as they become eligible.

A person recovered from COVID-19 disease can donate plasma around 30 to 40 days after they first tested positive, as it is believed that they would have formed enough antibodies in their blood by that time.

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