The second wave of coronavirus has hit the country really hard as India is crossing it’s own record daily. In last 24 hours the country has registered 3.52 lakh new COVID-19 cases and more than 28K deaths.
Since the pandemic began, treating covid positive patients became a challenge as there were no particular treatment for the infection. In such circumstances plasma therapy has for quite some time been considered an effective form of treatment for COVID.
Take congnisance of the situation and rapid surge in COVID-19 cases, the Centre has released certain guidelines for people who have recovered from COVID-19 and want to donate plasma to other infected patients.
Here is what a person needs to keep in mind while donating plasma.
1. Always carry a hard copy of the COVID-19 negative report (RT-PCR or rapid antigen test) within 4 months of the day of donation and your Aadhar Card (front and back).
2. Donate only after 14 days of a COVID-19 positive report if the person is asymptomatic or after 14 days of symptoms if the person is symptomatic.
3. Women who have ever been pregnant cannot donate COVID-19 convalescent plasma.
4. A person who has received COVID-19 vaccination will not be able to donate plasma for 28 days from the date of vaccination.
5. A person can not donate if he/she gets rejected for the lack of adequate antibodies in the blood.
6. Please contact hospital authorities for any other information in advance, on phone.
What is Plasma?
Plasma is the clear, straw-colored liquid portion of blood that remains after red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and other cellular components are removed. It is the single largest component of human blood, comprising about 55 percent, and contains water, salts, enzymes, antibodies and other proteins