Recovered from COVID-19, Rebecca Pappas Donates Plasma

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He added: "Convalescent plasma donation is safe and easy and you could save lives".

According to the Mayo Clinic, the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 from convalescent plasma therapy has not been tested yet.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), which is collecting the plasma for the trial, is appealing to recovered COVID-19 patients, especially men aged over 35 or those have been admitted to hospital, to come forward.

With her appointment scheduled for May 11, Pappas was one of the first to donate plasma at that Red Cross location, Tap reported.

His extraordinary antibody levels were discovered as part of an NHS trial to analyse the blood of more than 400 Covid-19 patients.

Now, a cross-industry coalition that includes the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, Anthem, LabCorp, plasma companies, blood centers and Microsoft is working to help mobilize thousands of people in the USA who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their blood plasma. "We clearly need rigorous clinical trials", concurs Klaus Cichutek, head of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, the regulatory agency in charge of blood products in Germany.

The SANBS is well positioned to collect this product as they already collect a similar product, source plasma, daily.

Their paper influenced the medical community to conduct experimental therapies in hundreds of USA hospitals. In a trial coordinated by Johns Hopkins, 150 health care workers exposed to COVID-19 while not wearing proper protection will receive either convalescent serum or serum collected previous year.


If convalescent plasma is shown to work, much more of it may be needed, and supply could become a challenge, Bhadelia says.

The coalition, called "The Fight Is In Us", recently launched a website to screen potential plasma donors and direct them to their nearest donation center.

The 46-year-old father of two is now leading the campaign for other recovered patients to donate their blood plasma. In New York City, there is now more than enough to go around, in part because thousands of members of the hard-hit Orthodox Jewish community have donated.

Don't tell Congress, but not everyone has an issue with working together.

Through the effort led by Mayo Clinic, more than 17,000 patients have been treating using convalescent plasma.

The last time Takeda produced hyperimmune globulin was for the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

"We're working with blood centers and plasma centers to get enough telemetry to point you to those centers". However, the treatment is still experimental and rates of success in patients are not yet known.

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