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American Red Cross

Could your donation of blood help combat COVID-19?

The American Red Cross is asking individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood now to help treat patients currently sick with the disease.

In coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from the new coronavirus to sign up to donate plasma to help current COVID-19 patients. People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections, or those judged by a healthcare provider to be at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening disease.

If you are not a candidate for convalescent plasma, your donation will still meet an urgent need facing our healthcare system right now, as hospitals face a potential shortage due to lower volunteer turnout during shelter-in-place. New safety protocols are in place at all Red Cross donation sites to ensure donors are protected.

For more information see below link.

https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/coronavirus--covid-19--and-blood-donation.html