Local blood centers testing donors for COVID-19 antibodies

Coronavirus

DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Local LifeSouth Blood Centers are performing COVID-19 antibody tests on all eligible blood donors as of this Friday.

These tests, authorized by the FDA, can tell if someone was exposed to the virus in the past and has some immunity to COVID-19. However, they cannot be used to detect an active infection.

With a COVID-19 vaccine still in the works, blood from COVID-19 survivors or asymptomatic carriers has been used to treat patients suffering severe complications from the virus since April.

“Since the first convalescent donation in April, LifeSouth has collected convalescent plasma from donors across their footprint in Florida, Georgia and Alabama,” a press release states. “These units have been transfused to critically ill patients in local hospitals served by the community blood center.”

Blood of all types is in high demand, and LifeSouth said that it is still safe to donate during this time. All centers are following sanitation and social distancing procedures to prevent infection.

To donate, you must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be at least 17 or 16 with parental consent. A photo ID is required.

Donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also needed.

For additional information, call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org. You are asked to make an appointment prior to donation.

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