Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 could save the lives of others by donating their plasma. CentraCare is one of over 2,000 health systems in the United States testing convalescent plasma therapy. Dawn Bauerly-Pieper is an RN and is overseeing CentraCare’s plasma therapy project. Bauerly-Pieper says plasma has a long history of benefitting people fighting a variety of respiratory illnesses:

“People who have recovered from COVID-19 have built up antibodies in their blood which has proteins that the body uses to fight off infections. The liquid portions of this blood are called plasma and that’s what’s being used to help boost the person’s ability to fight off the virus, also might help people who are moderately ill from becoming more ill.”

Bauerly-Pieper says CentraCare is notifying people who have tested positive for COVID-19 of the project, but individuals can also volunteer to donate through the American Red Cross. In order to be eligible, you must be at least 17 years old and 110 pounds, in good health, and be fully recovered from a verified case of COVID-19.