Donate Plasma

Patients Recovered from COVID-19

If you were diagnosed with COVID-19 and are now fully recovered, you may be able to help.

ANTIBODIES: The Red Cross is providing COVID-19 antibody tests for all donations. If you think you may have had COVID-19, but were unable to get a test, please register here

Please see Antibody Detection page for more information on obtaining an antibody test from your primary care provider. 

Consider Plasma Donation

Your immune system may now be producing antibodies to protect you from becoming infected again with coronavirus. If so, your plasma may be rich in these antibodies and be helpful in the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 disease in others. Donated plasma could be used right now, for compassionate treatment, even before we have scientific trials, or as part of a trial to determine definitively if this treatment works.

 

Register to Donate

If you wish to donate or learn more about COVID-19 convalescent donation, please register.

There is a team of scientists and doctors who are working to make this treatment available. As information becomes available. If you register, we may send you email updates and your information may be shared with local researchers and physicians so that they can reach out to you regarding donating plasma.

In addition to our site, several centers around the country are registering potential donors. Some have specific purposes in mind or focus on their local population. We will be adding collection locations to our website as we learn of them.

National Blood Bank Locators and Registries

 

Regionally Specific Places to Register

States not listed here, please see us a national locator to find a donation center nearby. 

Convalescent Plasma Treatment Locations

The map below shows the locations that are currrently treating or planning to treat with convalescent plasma.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is plasma and why is it collected?

    Plasma is the clear liquid portion of blood that remains after blood cells, platelets, and other cellular components are removed. It contains water, salts, antibodies, and other proteins. It is collected from healthy, voluntary donors through a process called plasmapheresis.

    Plasma is regularly collected to produce therapies to treat people with many types of disorders, including immunodeficiency, hemophilia and trauma, such as burns or shock.

    The use of convalescent plasma, rich in antibodies, to treat or prevent serious infections, has been part of medical practice for more than 100 years. It was a common treatment for bacterial infections before the discovery of antibiotics. More recently, other infectious diseases such as H1N1 influenza, SARS, and MERS have been treated with convalescent plasma with varying results.

  • Are there any risks to my health?

    People donate plasma every day. It is done at plasma and blood donation centers all around the country by trained medical teams in sterile environments.

    Donating plasma is a safe process. Most healthy adults can donate blood and plasma with no side effects. Some people may have minor side effects like dehydration, fatigue or dizziness. Donors are screened prior to donating to make sure they are good candidates.

    You can learn more about plasma and blood donation from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

  • What is involved in plasma donation?

    To donate plasma for use in COVID-19 patients, you must have been sick with COVID-19 and completely recovered. You should have been free of symptoms for two weeks. Before your donation can begin, you will be tested for COVID-19 to confirm that you are no longer infected.

    You can learn more about plasma and blood donation from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.