Fully Recovered from Corona Virus? Donate Convalescent Plasma

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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Who is most at risk for the Corona Virus disease?

Corona virus disease (COVID-19) symptoms can vary broadly. Some people are asymptomatic, while others become infected that they eventually need mechanical assistance to survive.

The risk of developing dangerous symptoms of COVID-19 may be developed in people who are older and also in people of any age who have other serious health issues like heart or lung conditions, enfeeble immune systems, severe obesity, or diabetes. This is similar to what is seen with other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza.

Diabetes is a risk factor

People living with diabetes have an increased risk of getting very sick from the new coronavirus. Diabetes type 1 and type 2 both cause an increase in blood sugar. Poorly controlled blood sugar can make viral diseases, including COVID-19, more threatening, possibly because higher blood sugar can create an environment where viruses are likely to grow more.

Lung problems

COVID-19 targets the lungs, so you’re more likely to develop severe symptoms if you have preexisting lung problems. Risk of serious symptoms is higher if you have these conditions:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Lung cancer

Some lung conditions may increase your risk of serious illness from COVID-19, including:

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

Moderate to severe asthma

While some medications for these conditions can weaken your immune system, it’s important to stay on your maintenance medications to keep symptoms as controlled as possible. You may want to talk to your doctor about obtaining an emergency supply of prescription medications, such as asthma inhalers.

People with disabilities

 If you need assistance from home health aides, you may face higher chances of coming into contact with someone who might spread the coronavirus. Ask people who come into your home to wash their hands before and after they touch you, change your linens, or do laundry.

Also make sure that frequently touched objects in your house, including doorknobs, faucets, phones, wheelchairs, or walkers, get disinfected several times a day.

Homeless people

 People living on the street or in shelters for the homeless may find themselves in close contact with people who might be infected with COVID-19.

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