Recovered COVID-19 patients encouraged to donate plasma


BROWNSVILLE, Texas (KVEO) — The City of Brownsville held their plasma donation drive Tuesday.

The city is collecting donations from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and they are giving the plasma to people currently in the hospital fighting COVID-19.

More than 1,400 transfusions have taken place.

An increase in COVID-19 cases is causing a need for more plasma donations.

Those who have recovered from the virus, and showed symptoms, are encouraged to donate.

“If they don’t have antibodies, the plasma is of no value for that particular patient. So, you have to be symptomatic, you have to have a positive test, and you have to be 28 days out of your symptoms. Complete resolution of your symptoms to donate plasma,” said Dr. Sohail Rao, president and CEO of DHR institute of research and development.

Due to an increase of patients in Cameron County, the city of Brownsville was chosen for donations to take place.

The process for plasma donations takes between an hour and an hour and 15 minutes.

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