Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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What is convalescent plasma?
Convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood collected from patients who have recovered from an infection. Antibodies are special proteins in the plasma that have the potential to be used to fight the infection.
Why is convalescent plasma being investigated to treat COVID-19?
There is currently no approved treatment for COVID-19. Convalescent plasma is being investigated for the treatment of COVID-19 because there is some information gained from prior scientific studies to suggest it might help individuals recover from COVID-19. Further investigation is still necessary to determine if convalescent plasma might shorten the duration of illness, reduce morbidity, or prevent death associated with COVID-19.
Who should I contact if I want to donate my plasma?
If you are interested in participating, please click HERE to email your doctor.
Can I catch Coronavirus by donating plasma?
No. Donating plasma is safe. We always use new, sterile needles that are discarded after use.
Do you test blood before it goes to recipients?
All donated blood, even donations from repeat donors, is tested for blood type, hepatitis, HIV, syphilis, and other transfusion transmissible diseases.
How long does it take to donate convalescent plasma?
The whole process usually takes around 2 hours.
Is convalescent plasma safe and effective against COVID-19?
It is not known if convalescent plasma will be an effective treatment against COVID-19. Plasma transfusions are generally safe and well-tolerated by most patients but can occasionally cause allergic reactions and other side effects. It is also not known whether patients with COVID-19 will have other types of reactions to convalescent plasma.
While it is not known if convalescent plasma is safe and effective against COVID-19, there is anecdotal evidence to support that convalescent plasma is safe for patients. Because there are no approved treatments, FDA is permitting the emergency investigational use of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 under the criteria of the emergency IND or Investigational New Drug.
I recently recovered from COVID-19, can I donate convalescent plasma?
Yes. However, COVID-19 convalescent plasma may be collected from individuals only if they are recovered and eligible to donate blood. Individuals must have had a prior diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test and meet other laboratory criteria. Individuals must have fully recovered from COVID-19, with complete resolution of symptoms for at least 14 days before donation of convalescent plasma.
Can I donate blood if I’ve traveled recently?
We currently ask each donor about recent travel to regions where there is a higher risk for transfusion transmitted infections such as malaria and other diseases. FDA has not established this same kind of requirement for the Coronavirus since it is not known to be transmitted by blood. However, individuals who are told by public health officials to self-quarantine due to travel related coronavirus exposure should not donate blood while they are in quarantine status. This is for the protection of our staff and other blood donors.
Can I donate plasma while I’m sick?
No, you are not eligible to donate if you’re sick.
Does blood type matter for convalescent plasma donation?
Yes, it does. Your blood type has to be compatible with the person you are donating your plasma to.
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For more information please refer to the FDA Information for Investigational COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Website.