MONTCLAIR, NJ – Blood Donation Network, Vitalant and Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center are partnering to begin collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to help those currently suffering from the coronavirus. People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma — known as convalescent plasma — that can attack the virus and be used as treatment for patients with life-threatening symptoms.
“It is our hope that convalescent plasma can be given to people with severe COVID-19 to boost their ability to fight the virus,” explains hospital Chief Medical Officer Valerie Allusson, M.D. “Some case studies have described complete recovery of severely ill COVID-19 patients on mechanical ventilation.”
A small blood sample will be taken from recovered patients with the goal of finding those who developed the highest levels of targeted antibodies in response to the virus. Those that are eligible must be at least 18 years of age, have a prior verified diagnosis of COVID-19 and have been symptom free for at least 14 days.