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August 2020

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Call for COVID-recovered plasma donors

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is calling on those who have fully recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma, in the hopes it may help those still fighting the virus.

The plasma Lifeblood collects will be used in several clinical trials and may help save lives.

‘Convalescent plasma is plasma donated by someone who has fully recovered from the virus and their plasma may contain antibodies they developed to help fight off the virus,’ said Lifeblood’s medical director James Daly.

‘These antibodies stay in the plasma for a short or long period of time, depending on the virus.

‘They’re part of the immune system and help to fight off the virus if it tries to invade the body again.

‘Donating your antibodies in convalescent plasma may help treat other patients and the convalescent plasma we’re collecting will be used in clinical trials to find out if it’s an effective treatment against COVID-19,’ Dr Daly said.

Donating plasma is a simple, powerful act that could help a patient struggling to fight the disease.

It is a real opportunity for people who have battled COVID-19 to become part of the potential solution.

Lifeblood is looking for those who have fully recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma.

To donate you must:

•       Have a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19;

•       Have been free and clear of any symptoms for 28 days;

•       Meet Lifeblood’s existing blood donation criteria.

‘The earlier you donate after the 28 days, the better,’ Dr Daly said.

‘If that’s you, please call 13 14 95 and mention convalescent plasma.

‘If you know someone who may be able to donate please ask them to get in touch with Lifeblood.’

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