To receive a plasma donation, patients must be at least 18 years old, have a lab-confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus, and have either a life-threatening case of COVID-19 or have been deemed high risk of progression to life-threatening illness.
It was announced last week that the first patient in the USA had received a transfusion of plasma donated from a patient who had recovered from COVID-19.
"The plasma of the people who have recovered contains these antibodies that their organisms have developed".
Two elderly South Korean coronavirus patients recovered from severe pneumonia after being treated with plasma from survivors, researchers said Tuesday, offering hope in the face of the global pandemic.
The preliminary findings emerged from a "pilot study" published Monday in the journal PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.
As the novel coronavirus that has killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world and are getting sick with covid-19 every few days, several new experimental therapies are being proposed and tested by medical researchers, including anti-viral drugs which can kill viruses.
For a 49-year-old woman with no underlying illnesses, COVID-19 infection quickly progressed to shortness of breath and hospital admission.
Eleven days after his first symptoms had appeared, the patient received an infusion of so-called convalescent plasma.
In addition to his lungs, the patient's immune system and liver function, both on the ropes at the height of his illness, were steadily returning to normal four days after he got the plasma antibody infusion.
The donated plasma will be provided directly to the hospitals with whom Versiti is partnering.
There is more information about the Red Cross program at this website: https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/plasma-donations-from-recovered-covid-19-patients.html. "One dose of [convalescent plasma] with a high concentration of neutralizing antibodies can rapidly reduce the viral load and tends to improve clinical outcomes", they added.
"During the one-hour long process of collecting my blood plasma at the National Blood Bank on April 2, I had the opportunity to ask the doctor many questions on treating the infection using blood plasma from Covid-19 patients who had recovered".
Believed to be the first such donor in the country, his blood plasma was found to be powerful, healthy and suitable as well as meeting the criteria for facilitating the treatment of other critical Covid-19 patients.