Red Cross pleads with recovered COVID-19 patients for plasma donations

American Red Cross of Alabama not seeing convalescent plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients

President Trump asks recovered COVID-19 patients to donate plasma

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as a patient donates plasma at the American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, Thursday, July 30, 2020.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could authorize emergency use of antibody-rich blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat people infected with the coronavirus as early as next week, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The plasma is used for its antibiodies, and while not considered a cure for the virus, it could help patients fight off the disease.

"I was surprised initially but was happy because I was presented with the opportunity to give back and donate plasma and help people in need", said Perry.

The organization described the usefulness of the plasma in a statement saying that the patient is transfused with the donor's plasma with the goal of using the donor's antibodies to help clear the virus more rapidly and help decrease the need for ICU beds and ventilators.

In addition to the convalescent plasma donations, numerous Dolphin's staff and players also donated blood. These individuals can donate plasma every 28 days, which is more frequent than whole blood of every 56 days. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as a possible treatment for now ill COVID-19 patients, so your donation could help save the lives of patients battling this disease!

Perry, a running back who played quarterback at Navy and can also play wide receiver, was one of several players who donated, according to the Dolphins.

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