LifeSouth is as soon as once more testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies.
The blood financial institution says hospitals in Northeast Florida are clamoring for convalescent plasma which is used to deal with sufferers with the coronavirus.
Antibody testing will decide if a blood donor has been uncovered to the virus and has developed some immunity to it.
Wholesome blood donors who could have been uncovered to or recovered from COVID-19 are requested to donate as quickly as they’ve accomplished the really helpful CDC quarantine tips.
There is no such thing as a deferral interval for donors who’ve acquired the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. As a part of the traditional blood donation course of, a take a look at will likely be carried out on the donor’s blood to find out if antibodies are current within the plasma.
“Native hospitals and sufferers want the neighborhood’s assist daily — and particularly now, as COVID-19 instances proceed to rise. Donating blood and convalescent plasma is among the quickest and most impactful methods to assist our neighbors on this public well being emergency,” mentioned Dr. Chris Lough, Vice President of Medical Companies for LifeSouth Group Blood Facilities in an e mail despatched to WJCT Information.
LifeSouth serves hospitals in Florida, Georgia and Alabama; together with a quantity right here within the Jacksonville space.
Donation places and extra data is obtainable at lifesouth.org or by calling 888-795-2707 to schedule an appointment.
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