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Red Cross searching for plasma donors to help coronavirus patients

WNYT Staff
Updated: July 31, 2020 08:56 PM
Created: July 31, 2020 08:01 PM

As research into a coronavirus vaccine ramps up, so has research into using convalescent plasma as a treatment.

That's plasma from people who have recovered from the virus and whose blood has the antibodies.

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It's believed those antibodies can help patients battling the disease.

Even though the FDA hasn't approved this treatment, it's being used via clinical trials and emergency requests.

Ten-thousand people who tested positive and recovered have donated, nationwide. However, the Red Cross says it needs many more donors.

If the FDA approves convalescent plasma, which could happen next week, the demand is expected to grow.

By the way, the Red Cross is testing all donated blood for COVID antibodies, so you could be identified as a plasma donor when you donate blood.

MORE INFORMATION: American Red Cross donations


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