To find a local blood bank by ZIP code, check the lookup tools by the AABB, America’s Blood Centers, and Blood Centers of America. For information on the plasma donation process and guidance on where to donate, you can also visit The Fight Is In Us and FDA website.
Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood. It contains antibodies that help fight off infections. Plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 will have antibodies against the virus. This is called convalescent plasma. It can be donated to potentially help others fight the infection and recover from COVID-19. While this treatment is still investigational, convalescent plasma has been shown to be safe and seems to be a promising therapy for some patients.
There is an emergent need to increase the supply of convalescent plasma. To help current COVID-19 patients fight the infection, patients who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate their convalescent plasma.
Eligibility requirements may vary by blood bank, but in general, the following can donate:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for investigational convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients. Although studies have shown that the treatment is promising, the FDA has not yet given full approval beyond the EUA designation. Studies continue to evaluate its use against COVID-19. The FDA and National Institute of Health encourage convalescent plasma donation and participation in clinical trials.
Donating convalescent plasma:
Recovered COVID-19 patients may donate more than once.
For questions, contact (877) PLASMA9 or (877) 752-7629.
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Texas doctors are encouraging patients to donate convalescent plasma.
As more reports come in on the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, TMA has convened a task force of public health experts to help Texas physicians prepare for the next phase. We’ve started by compiling all the news and information you need right now on our online resource center. Bookmark that page as we will update it continually.
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