Coronavirus: NHS appeals for plasma to survivors to help new patients COVID-19 | UK News


The NHS is asking coronavirus survivors to donate their blood plasma in the hope that it will eventually be used to treat new patients with COVID-19.

The NHS Blood and Transplant Service (NHSBT) calls on those recovering from COVID-19 to donate convalescent plasma, which contains antibodies that stop the growth of the virus.

He wants to use it in clinical trials in his fight against the pandemic, but says that the donors must have been tested positive for the disease, at home or in the hospital, and should now have three to four weeks after their recovery – ideally 29 days.

Donating plasma is not the same as donating blood.

The process takes about 45 minutes because it separates the plasma from the blood during your donation, in a process called apheresis.

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