WHO ALL CAN DONATE FOR PLASMA


Even though you may be enthusiastic about donating Plasma/blood, you may not be eligible. This is determined through an initial screening process.

Eligibility of Donor

The following criteria should be met for potential donors:

  1. Age: > 18 Years
  2. Male or nulliparous female donor of weight > 55 Kg
  3. Prior diagnosis of Covid-19 documented by a laboratory test(RT-PCR) with symptomatic disease with at least fever and cough
  4. Complete resolution of Symptoms at least 28 days prior to donation; or Complete resolution of symptoms at least 14 days prior to donation and two negative real time PCR test for COVID-19 from nasopharyngeal swab, collected 24 hour apart.

The following people are not eligible for blood donation

  • Intoxicated individuals
  • Blood cancer patients (lymphoma, leukaemia)
  • Type 1 diabetes patients
  • Patients having coronary heart disease or those who have suffered a heart attack
  • Pregnant and nursing women
  • Patients with AIDS, Hepatitis B or C, Syphilis
  • People who have a fever or other active infections
  • People who have got a piercing or body art done during the last 6 months

IS IT SAFE TO DONATE PLASMA?

Blood and plasma have been used to treat many other conditions, and they’re usually very safe. The risk of contracting COVID-19 infection from receiving convalescent plasma therapy is very low because the plasma donor has fully recovered from the infection.

CORONAVIRUS


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

** SOURCE: WHO

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