Updated: Jan 22, 2021
The undiscriminating COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 disease has terribly impacted millions of lives and countless economies worldwide since it was discovered near the end of 2019 in Wuhan, China. Its devastating effects have shuttered many businesses, contributed to over 400,000 lives lost in the USA, and caused certain long-term physical impairments for some that have recovered. The wake of this disease has left many feeling depressed, unable to pursue life with the freedom they once had. As businesses and activities have become restricted, many are stressed, anxious and depressed not knowing what the future holds and when this will all end.
Plasma and Blood Donations
There is a path to empowerment and #COVID19recovery. Patients, scientists and doctors are in need of blood and convalescent plasma donations to aid in fighting COVID-19 and other diseases. COVID-19 convalescent plasma (the yellow liquid in blood containing antibodies from COVID-19 recovered patients) is in high demand for research and treatment of this disease. With over 24 million cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States and early data predict that 97% to 99.75% of patients recover from the disease, there are over 20 million people with antibodies that can be a force to quash this pandemic. Some agencies even pay for convalescent plasma donations. Now that the FDA approved Emergency Use Authorization of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 patients, it is one arsenal in addition to healthcare professionals diligently caring for patients and various agencies working on getting as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. These options, plus mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing all aid in defeating SARS-CoV-2.
If you have not been infected with SARS-CoV-2, then cheers to you and to you remaining healthy. As you are healthy, blood donation is always appreciated and goes a long way to save lives. Blood of all types are needed, especially O-, as it is the universal red cell for all blood types.
Due to the pandemic, blood banks and research institutions are in low supply and need the public’s assistance to replenish. So support the drive, as any plasma or blood you give will literally help to save lives. Contact organizations below in your local communities to find out how you can contribute.