St. Luke’s Doctor Urges Others to Donate Plasma
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By Kaitlyn Moffett
Duluth, MN – As coronavirus cases start to surge yet again, doctors are urging people to donate their plasma.
St. Luke's Doctor Rachel Gordon showed how easy it was to do just that Tuesday by donating her own plasma at Memorial Blood Centers.
Gordon was diagnosed with COVID-19 in late March.
Donated plasma helps treat patients with Coronavirus because it contains antibodies from a recovered patient.
Gordon says that as a community we need to continue to come together and support one another.
"We need people who have been previously infected to come in and give their plasma. We need different blood types in order to be able to have access for all types of patients," added Gordon.
In order to be eligible to donate convalescent plasma, you must:
- Have a positive test result for COVID-19 virus, either a virus test or an antibody test
- Have been symptom-free for at least 14 days
Once you start donating, you are able to do so once a week.