Plasma is in your blood. It is a clear, yellowish liquid that makes up about half of your blood volume and carries red and white blood cells and platelets around the body.
-When someone recovers from a virus their plasma contains a specific protein, called an antibody, produced to fight the infection.
- Plasma donors should be at least 18 years old
- Plasma donors should have tested positive for COVID 19
- Plasma donors should have recovered from symptoms of COVID like fever, cough, cold, breathing difficulties
- Plasma donors should have recovered from COVID symptoms 14 days prior.
- Plasma donors should test non-reactive for transmissible viruses including HIV and Hepatitis
- Plasma donors should test negative for endemic infectious diseases like Tuberculosis or Malaria
- You must have a pre-donation medical examination which includes answering medical history questions, tests for viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis and evaluating your hemoglobin levels.
- Yes, the level of the antibody IgG and neutralising antibody is important. As per the protocols, an IgG titre of 1:640 is recommended meaning high levels of this antibody. Neutralising antibodies which work by neutralising the Sars-Cov-2 virus are also screened for.
Plasma can be donated through the same process as a whole blood donation, but it will mainly be taken as a dedicated plasma donation. Dedicated plasma donation (apheresis) will take around 45 minutes though the whole visit will take a bit longer. The appropriate form of donation will be discussed with you before any donation takes place.
- Plasma has been used to treat many other conditions, and it is usually very safe. The risk of contracting COVID-19 infection from receiving convalescent plasma therapy is very low because the plasma donor has fully recovered from the infection.
Plasma therapy involves transfusing plasma retrieved from the blood of people who have recovered from Covid-19 into people suffering from the disease.
-Once a person recovers from Covid-19, he/she develops antibodies, found in plasma or liquid part of blood.
-These antibodies target the virus and the patient is cured.
-Extremely simple process. Only plasma is retrieved from the donor's blood and rest of the blood is returned .
Your immune system will quickly replace any antibodies we collect so donating plasma will not affect your future antibody levels.
We expect that antibody levels will fall naturally in all people after some months. Your immune system can quickly produce antibodies to viruses that it recognises