The Red Cross tests every blood donation for a variety of infections. All blood, platelet and plasma donations on or after June 15, 2020 will also be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.
Donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies using samples obtained at the time of donation and sent to a laboratory where samples will undergo routine screening and infectious disease testing.
If your antibody test result is positive, the plasma from your blood donation may be processed into a convalescent plasma product to help patients battling the virus. Whatever your antibody testing result, your blood donation is critical to helping save lives. You may also be contacted about participating in research studying those individuals with positive results.