Blood Assurance Resumes Covid-19 Antibody Testing and Convalescent Plasma Collections
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – Blood Assurance has resumed voluntary COVID-19 antibody testing and the collection of convalescent plasma.
The practice was suspended last April but reinstated due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
Individuals donating blood, whether on a bloodmobile or at a facility, will have the option to be tested for the antibodies. If antibodies are discovered, the donor will be notified within about two weeks, paving the way for a voluntary convalescent plasma donation to help those battling the virus.
The experimental treatment may provide passive immunity for certain COVID-19 patients.
“To be a convalescent plasma donor you must have had covid symptoms within the last 6 months and that is just to ensure that the amount of antibodies within your system is adequate to be used for the treatment. You must have had a positive diagnostic test for covid and that needs to be something like the nose swab,” says Caitlyn Mantooth, Blood Assurance Marketing Coordinator.
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health.