American Red Cross blood donors have a new opportunity to help patients battling this coronavirus. The plasma from whole blood and platelet donations made at any Red Cross blood drive or blood donation center that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusion.
What changed?
Previously, convalescent plasma could only be obtained through a special donation at one of more than 170 Red Cross blood donation centers across the country, but on Sept. 21, the Red Cross began secondary testing of all donations that come back positive for COVID-19 antibodies to confirm test results for donors. This means the COVID-19 antibody-positive plasma from whole blood and platelet donations may now be used for coronavirus patients.