The need for Covid-19 convalescent plasma is outpacing the supply, and those who have recovered from COVID 19 are encouraged to set up an appointment to give. According to the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood that is collected from patients who have recovered from the novel coronavirus disease. Chris Pilgrim said recovered patients develop antibodies in their blood that work against the virus. Antibodies are proteins that might help fight the infection.
To date, hundreds of plasma treatments have been administered in Ozark’s area hospitals, with many positive reports of its effectiveness. Many more donations are needed to help build a reliable stockpile of CCP to help in the future. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, have a documented positive lab test, and are 14 days symptom-free, you may be eligible to participate in the CCP program. Potential CCP donors are asked to contact CBCO directly at 417-830-3893 to see if they are eligible. Blood donors must meet normal donation eligibility guidelines to give.