Red Cross Calls for Blood Plasma for COVID Patients

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The American Red Cross is advising COVID-19 survivors to give away blood plasma for healthcare facility clients that require it to recoup.

As a motivation to assist improve the nationwide convalescent plasma scarcity, the Red Cross has actually partnered with the National Football League as well as is using contributors a possibility to win 2 tickets to following year’s Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles.

The Red Cross is particularly asking those that have actually recouped from COVID-19 to provide blood due to the fact that even more contributors are required to assist healthcare facility clients.

Those that give away in between Jan. 1 as well as 20 will certainly be instantly gone into to win the “Big Game at Home” bundle for checking out in the house, with a 65-inch tv as well as a $500 present card.

People can set up a consultation to provide blood by going to, utilizing the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or triggering the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa.

“While winter is historically a challenging time to collect blood due to the holidays and inclement weather, this year, COVID-19 has added a new challenge,” Dr. Pampee Young, primary clinical policeman of the American Red Cross, claimed in a press release.

“Last month, the Red Cross distributed the greatest number of convalescent plasma products than any other month during the pandemic. With hospital distributions for this product increasing about 250% since October, it is vital that those who have recovered from COVID-19 donate blood or plasma so that we can continue to treat those critically ill with the virus,” Young included.

COVID-19 survivors have a unique capability to make a distinction in the lives of COVID-19 clients, according to the Red Cross. People that have actually recouped from COVID-19 might have antibodies in their plasma that might provide a client’s body immune system the increase it requires to defeat the infection.

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For much more on contributing blood, head to the American Red Cross.

RESOURCE: American Red Cross, press release, Jan. 5, 2021

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