Q- What is Plasma and how does it help?

Plasma is the liquid part of blood that is collected from patients who have recovered from COVID-19. When people have symptoms of any viral infections including Covid-19, the affected person develops antibodies in the blood against the virus hence counter-attack the virus and help in eliminating it. 

Q- Does Plasma Donation help COVID 19 patients?

Plasma therapy is being investigated for the treatment of COVID-19 because there is no approved treatment for COVID and there is some information that suggests it might help some patients recover from COVID-19. 

Q- Who is eligible to donate Plasma?

  • Individuals must have had a prior diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test and meet other donor criteria. 
  • People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 for at least two weeks are encouraged to donate plasma. 
  • Individuals must have complete resolution of symptoms for at least 14 days prior to donation.
  • COVID-19 plasma MUST only be collected from RECOVERED individuals if they are eligible to donate blood.
  • A negative lab test for active COVID-19 disease is not necessary to qualify for a donation.  
  • Click here to look at the nearby medical institute to donate your plasma- https://www.icmr.gov.in/pdf/covid/techdoc/PLACID_List_17062020.pdf 

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