“Our region was hit early by this pandemic and has sadly suffered from the highest number of infections in the nation. That means we now have the largest pool of recovered patients who can become donors and help those who are severely ill,” said Dr. Christopher D. Hillyer, M.D., CEO of New York Blood Center.
The process involves drawing blood from a donor – in this case someone who has recovered from COVID-19 but is in generally good health and meets other criteria for blood donation – and running it through a machine to extract the plasma. The remaining blood goes back into the donor.
A spokesperson for blood donation non-profit Vitalant told KPIX News that if any regular longtime donors who had an appointment to give blood cancelled should be aware that hospitals and patients are still in dire need. Blood banks are getting around to calling donors to reschedule.
“This clinical trial involves the transfusion of plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19, containing antibodies against the virus, and who could transfer this immunity to a patient suffering from COVID-19,” it said.
“I’m a gay man who’s in a monogamous married relationship and I haven’t been able to donate blood since I was 18 years old,” said Hollendoner via Skype. “I think that is just something that limits not only the way I can give back to my community, but also stigmatizes me.”
Suarez, who rebounded from his own personal battle with the virus, said Saturday on ”Fox & Friends Weekend” that he realized he had a special responsibility as one of the first people to test positive in Miami-Dade County.
The Fenway Institute commends the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for issuing new guidance reducing the blood donation deferral period for men who have sex with men (MSM) from 12 months to three. The new FDA guidance recommends that blood collection agencies update screening protocols so that blood can be collected from a man […]
– President of the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) Central Committee Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu has sent a letter to call for the community’s greater efforts to effectively prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure enough blood for emergencies and medical treatment.
He said that he had won the first place in district-level swimming competitions for the past three years and the State-level competition held in Madurai in February. “I watch the news on TV and saw many people who are suffering more than us right now,” he said, referring to the plight of migrant workers and […]
The southern city of Can Tho has sent home 370 people after they completed their 14 day quarantine and have tested negative twice. It is expected that by Sunday, 272 more cases will be tested for the second time and would have completed their quarantine stint.