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How you can help the drying convalescent plasma supply

With COVID19 infection rates increasing in the area and around the county, you are urged to donate COVID19 convalescent plasma if you’ve recovered from the virus in the last six months. Chief Operating Officer at the Community Blood Center Kristine Belanger says convalescent plasma treatments are in use in Door County and other northeast Wisconsin locations, which is why they’re looking for local donors. Belanger adds that when cases went down so did convalescent plasma orders, but now there’s a four-fold increase in requests for the convalescent plasma among midwest hospitals the CBC serves. Belanger understands that you may have a fear of getting poked, stopping you from donating, but says people generally find it to be a much better experience than they prepared for. She adds that the discomfort is nothing compared to needing convalescent plasma treatments. 

 

 

Belanger said convalescent plasma treatments show their greatest promise when done within 48 hours of hospitalization. Convalescent plasma treatments have been credited with helping save 100,000 lives and decreasing COVID19 mortality rate by approximately 50 percent. The available supply is anticipated to only last the next few weeks. To see if you qualify, read the criteria below. 

 

  • Have had COVID19 within the last six months.
    • Donors must have a documented positive diagnostic test confirming their previous infection.
  • Donors must have either received the COVID19 vaccine after recovering from infection or be unvaccinated.
  • Donor must be symptom-free for at least 14 days prior to donation.

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