Plasma donations needed to help fight coronavirus

Plasma donations needed to help fight coronavirus

ATLANTA — Plasma donations can go a long way to help treat COVID-19 patients and now there is an urgent need for those for have recovered from COVID-19 to donate.

Channel 2′s Carol Sbarge went to Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs where doctors have treated hundreds of COVID-19 patients with plasma donations.

The demand for donations continues to grow with the surge of positive cases across the state.

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Megan Ward is a donor who recovered from COVID-19 after contracting the virus at the end of June.

“The whole thing has been really rough,” Ward said. “It’s been a lack of energy. I’ve had a lot of bouts with feeling horrible and then better.”

Ward said she heard of the need for donations from those who recovered from the virus and immediately decided to schedule an appointment.

“Once the plasma’s infused into a person with an active infection it gives them an immediate immunity against the virus,” Dr. Kent Holland with Northside Hospital’s Blood Service program said.

Right now, the demand is exceeding the supply according to Holland. He encourages people who recovered from COVID-19 to contact Northside Hospital or a blood donation center.

“You come in and donate your plasma,” Holland said. “It takes about an hour of your time and usually we collect enough plasma from one donor to help two or three people.”

Holland says so far, the plasma donations are helping patients fight the virus and that coupled with additional treatments death rates are reduced compared to earlier this year.