The Red Cross Needs Your Help!
As the U.S. experiences a new surge in COVID-19 cases, the American Red Cross needs your help to raise awareness of the need for COVID-19 convalescent plasma donations and blood donations from those who have recovered from COVID-19.
Convalescent plasma is collected from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 and contains antibodies that might help patients actively fighting the virus. Increased hospitalization of patients with coronavirus this fall and winter has caused the Red Cross to distribute a record number of COVID-19 plasma products to hospitals treating patients who are battling the virus.
The Red Cross is testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies, which helps provide insight to our donors concerning possible prior exposure to this virus. As part of this effort, plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma. Each week, whole blood donors with COVID-19 antibodies are helping to contribute hundreds of units of potentially lifesaving convalescent plasma for patients in need.