The American Red Cross reported that, since last April, around 90 Covid-19 patients in Puerto Rico have received convalescent plasma from the Red Cross blood banks in the United States.
With the increase in coronavirus cases across the United States and Puerto Rico, the American Red Cross has observed that the demand for convalescent plasma has doubled in the last month.
This plasma is a type of blood donation collected from people who have recovered from Covid-19 and contains antibodies that could help patients fight the virus. With each donation, survivors have a unique ability to help up to three patients recover from the virus.
The Red Cross has collected convalescent plasma at more than 170 locations in the United States to help meet the needs of emergency patients.
Since April, thousands of Covid-19 survivors have donated their plasma and have allowed the Red Cross to collect and distribute more than 32,000 convalescent plasma products that have saved lives in hospitals in the country.
Similarly, the Red Cross tests all donations of blood, platelets and plasma for Covid-19 antibodies. The test can indicate whether the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this virus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms.
The Red Cross stated that antibody tests are useful in identifying individuals who have antibodies to the deadly virus and may qualify to be convalescent plasma donors.
To learn more about the services offered by the American Red Cross, Puerto Rico chapter, you can access www.cruzrojapr.net.