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 found in 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. Additionally, current studies conducted in patients with severe to life threatening COVID-19 is showing promise in reducing the duration of illness, severity of illness , 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 each 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. Furthermore, FDA has required blood center to test convalescent plasma donor’s sample for the presence of anti-SARS-CoV-2 (i.e. antibody against COVID-19) and only those that test positive are released for transfusion into COVID-19 patients.
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?
Multiple studies are ongoing to determine the true therapeutic benefit of convalescent plasma against COVID-19. Plasma transfusions are generally safe and well-tolerated by most patients but can occasionally cause allergic reactions and other side effects. A large study conducted by the Mayo Clinic has shown high safety profile in patients who received convalescent plasma for COVID-19.
I recently recovered from COVID-19, can I donate convalescent plasma?
Yes. Please see the eligibility criteria below:
- A prior laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19, either by a positive swab test OR a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies requested by your health care provider
- Complete resolution of symptoms for at least 28 days
- All other donor eligibility for an automated plasma donation
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 COVID-19 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 COVID-19 exposure should not donate blood while they are in quarantine status. This is for the protection of the blood center 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 should 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.