Sentara Healthcare has joined the FDA-approved COVID-19 plasma donation program as a potential treatment for COVID-19. If you have recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the disease by donating your plasma. Your plasma is now known as convalescent plasma.
Sentara has partnered with the American Red Cross to help those interested in donating plasma. If interested, you must register as a donor through the American Red Cross website.
What is convalescent plasma?
Convalescent plasma is the liquid portion of blood gathered from someone who has recovered from a particular disease. Convalescent plasma infusions are sometimes used as a treatment option as the plasma may contain antibodies that can help attack the virus.
People who’ve recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies to the disease in their blood. Researchers hope that convalescent plasma can be given to people with severe COVID-19 to boost their ability to fight the virus.
Am I eligible to donate?
The American Red Cross has outlined the requirements that individuals must meet to donate plasma for this research.
If you had COVID-19 and want to donate, you must be fully recovered to be eligible. You will be prompted to fill out a donor request form and the Red Cross will contact you to complete next steps.
If you think you had COVID-19 but were never tested, you may still qualify for a plasma donation based on the American Red Cross convalescent plasma donation guidelines.
To donate, you must feel healthy on the day of donation and meet some additional requirements. The minimum age to donate in most states is 17.
Where do I go to donate?
All donations must be completed at an American Red Cross donation site. Please visit the American Red Cross website to find a donation location near you.