NEW YORK (NEWS10) — While COVID-19 has no proven treatment, the New York Blood Center says that blood plasma from recovered patients contains antibodies that could help against the virus.
The convalescent plasma treatments would ideally be used for severe cases, administering a transfusion of the healed donor’s plasma—convalescent plasma—whose antibodies could help clear the virus faster.
If you had a positive test and your symptoms have been gone for more than two weeks, you can take part in this potentially life-saving new way to address the coronavirus.
NYBC will collect donations, process plasma for infusion, and maintain a plasma bank for hospitals to use for serious or immediately life-threatening infections.
The NYBC is the first to collect plasma donations from those who have been cleared, following the Food and Drug Administration’s decision in late March to approve the treatment on a case-by-case basis.
Donors who qualify for the convalescent plasma donation program will be referred to NYBC by local hospitals. The FDA will then approve patients for treatment one-by-one.