San Diego Blood Bank in need of convalescent plasma to fight COVID-19

Posted at 6:32 AM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 09:32:18-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The San Diego Blood Bank is asking for convalescent plasma donations from patients that have recovered from COVID-19.

The plasma is used at local hospitals to help fight COVID-19. Although not a cure for the virus, the plasma has proved to be effective for some patients.

The blood bank says they are running low on convalescent plasma because requests from hospitals have gone up.

The process of donating takes a little more than an hour, including the check-in process.

To donate plasma you must have had a positive COVID-19 test, recovered from the virus and be symptom free for 28 days. Donations are by appointment only. One plasma donation could help as many as 3 to 4 people fight the virus.

If you'd like more information about donating, click here.