Blood bank asking recovered COVID-19 patients to donate plasma for new treatment option

The Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) is asking people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood plasma to help with a new treatment option for those battling the virus. 
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The Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) is asking people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood plasma to help with a new treatment option for those battling the virus.

Convalescent plasma treatment involves taking plasma from people who have recovered from the coronavirus and using it to treat others. The treatment has been used for decades as a way to combat other diseases, including Ebola. It has been used on several patients at Bryan Health.

NCBB will collect and process the plasma and create a stockpile for hospitals to draw from. The treatment is primarily reserved for people with serious or life threatening symptoms.

 NCBB is now collecting convalescent plasma at its 84th & O donor center (100 N. 84th St., Lincoln), and will start this collection at its Omaha donor center on May 12.

Donors must have evidence of a positive test for COVID-19 and be symptom-free for at least 14 days. One donation can be used to treat two to three patients struggling with severe cases of COVID-19. Interested donors can sign up at ncbb.org/cpdonor.

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