Trump calls on COVID-19 survivors to donate blood plasma

Henrietta Strickland
August 2, 2020

The antibodies present in the plasma of those players who have recovered from COVID-19 will help in speeding up the recovery of patients who are still not cured. During Thursday's roundtable at the American Red Cross headquarters in D.C., the president highlighted the need for plasma donations in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are healthy and able, we suggest you contact the agency at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment to donate. To those that have had the virus: "You've gotten through it, and I guess that means you have something very special there".

The players of Miami Dolphins who have recovered from the coronavirus are now helping the patients who are still battling with the virus.

The president attended a roundtable at the American Red Cross headquarters on Thursday accompanied by coronavirus experts including National Institutes of Health leaders Francis Collins and Anthony Fauci, White House coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx, and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn to discuss the treatment. A study is now being conducted, sponsored by Johns Hopkins University, to determine if using the plasma from recovered patients also can prevent high risk people from becoming infected by COVID-19. On March 28, Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas became the first academic center in America to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma. He briefly saw a man who had recovered from the virus donating plasma. Gail McGovern, CEO of the American Red Cross, said the demand for convalescent plasma is outpacing the supply at the organization's blood banks.

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