Deaconess, Hopkins Co. asking recovered COVID-19 patients to donate plasma

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(Jake Danna Stevens/The Times-Tribune via AP)

EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) Health officials say patients who have recovered from COVID-19 may be able to help others who are critically ill from the virus.

Deaconess and Hopkins County are seeking people who have recovered or are currently recovering from COVID-19 and are willing to donate blood to help patients currently sick with severe or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infection complications.

A person who has recovered from COVID-19 has antibodies in their blood plasma that may help fight the COVID-19 virus. This plasma, known as convalescent plasma, may be given to another patient to help them fight their severe or life-threatening COVID-19 virus infection.

“People who recover from COVID-19 do so, at least in part, because their blood contains substances called antibodies, which are capable of fighting the virus that causes the illness. It turns out that for some other diseases caused by respiratory viruses, giving people the liquid portion of blood, called plasma, obtained from those who have recovered from the virus, leads to more rapid improvement of the disease,” said Dr. David Ryon, Deaconess Pulmonary & Critical Care, and Medical Director of the new COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program.

Anyone who has recovered from COVID-19 and is interested in donating blood plasma can contact the COVID-19 Donor Line at Deaconess at 812-426-9339 or visit deaconess.com/covidplasma.

In Hopkins County, donors must be symptom free for at least 2 weeks after being diagnosed with COVID 19.  They are especially in need of A+ and AB+ blood.  Anyone interested in donating should call 270-825-5151.

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(This story was originally published on April 10, 2020)

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