Plasma donations are essential. Used to produce life-saving medicines that treat rare and serious diseases, your plasma donation can help save lives. Experts say that during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s not only safe to donate plasma, but that doing so is vital. By donating plasma today, you can help make a difference not only for patients that need plasma therapies, but to your local community.
Here are a few of the most common questions and answers about plasma donation:
Why is plasma donation so important?
Patients worldwide use plasma-derived therapies to replace missing or deficient proteins that enable them to lead healthy, productive lives. Many of these patients require regular infusions or injections throughout their lives.
Is donating safe?
Plasma donation is performed using a decades old process called plasmapheresis that separates the plasma from the blood, collects it in a bottle, and then returns the other parts of the blood back to the donor.
Plasma donation centres are considered essential businesses, which is why they’re open and operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their safety precautions include mandatory temperature checks, enhanced disinfecting protocols, use of Personal Protective Equipment and social distancing.
Am I eligible?
While these days, donations from those who’ve recovered from COVID-19 are important, providing antibodies that may help treat COVID-19 patients, it remains vital for healthy individuals who have not contracted the coronavirus or COVID-19 to donate their plasma to help save and improve the lives of people suffering from rare and serious diseases such as primary immune deficiencies, hereditary angioedema, inherited respiratory disease, hemophilia and other bleeding and neurological disorders.
What if I’ve had COVID-19?
If your doctor has confirmed that you’ve fully recovered from COVID-19 and you are no longer contagious, consider donating plasma at a plasma collection centre to help develop a treatment. -BPT