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Recovered COVID-19 Patients Need to Donate Convalescent Plasma to Help Fight the Virus

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LifeSouth asks those who have recovered from COVID-19 to help save lives by donating convalescent plasma. The need for convalescent plasma has increased 500% since the organization started collecting plasma from recovered patients in April and continues to rise as the virus spreads. 

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According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “the plasma of individuals who have recovered from an infection like COVID-19 may contain antibodies made by the immune system that can neutralize or kill the virus. Convalescent plasma therapy provides antibodies from those who have recovered from the virus to people who have recently contracted the virus so they may be better able to fight it off.” 

LifeSouth is testing all blood donors for COVID-19 antibodies in search of donors who could also donate convalescent plasma. Healthy blood donors who may have been exposed to the virus or recovered from COVID-19 are asked to donate. As part of the normal blood donation process, a test will be performed on the donor’s blood to determine if antibodies are present in the plasma. 

Convalescent plasma donors must be fully recovered from COVID-19 and symptom free for two weeks before coming to LifeSouth to donate. 

In addition to convalescent plasma donors, all blood types — especially type O — are needed as blood drive cancellations at schools, universities and businesses due to COVID-19 continue to impact the local blood supply. Now is a great time to visit a LifeSouth bloodmobile or donor center, where regimented cleaning and safety precautions are in place to protect the health of blood donors and staff. 

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To donate blood or convalescent plasma, visit www.lifesouth.org or call 888-795-2707 to schedule an appointment. Look for our red, white, and blue buses 7 days a week in your community. 

Contact: April Johnson, LifeSouth Community Development Coordinator 

352-596-2002 [email protected] 

 

 

Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein has over 35 years experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with neurologically impaired adults. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Florida in Speech Pathology. Leslie specializes in caring for individuals who have been effected by multiple medical conditions both acute and degenerative. Populations she cares for includes, but is not limited to, patients suffering from the symptoms of Stroke, Parkinsons, Alzheimers/Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, and ALS which can adversely affect communication, cognition and swallow. Many years of experience has provided her with extensive knowledge and skills when developing individualized therapeutic techniques to help these patients return to their prior level of functioning or improving the quality of their life.
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