LifeSouth asks recovered COVID-19 patients for plasma

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — LifeSouth Community Blood Center is asking recovered COVID-19 patients for Convalescent plasma.

“I encourage everyone to donate blood it is safe, we are taking precautions, patients are still in need of blood we still have to have blood just because of the pandemic doesn’t mean that the usage has gone down any,”

LifeSouth is calling on all recovered COVID-19 patients to donate convalescent plasma to combat the virus.

The need for the plasma has increased since they started back in April collecting plasma from patients.

This will speed up the recovery rate for those who are struggling to overcome it. With the pandemic looming, many people are scared of contracting the virus if they go out and donate, while others are more than happy to help.

“It’s important because we’re all part of the same species so we need to help each other. It’s a calling from Christ from God for us to do this,” Blood donor Guy Huston said.

To donate the Convalescent plasma they are asking for, they must be recovered for 14 days before doing so.

By social distancing when possible and proper sanitization, Hughes says it is safe to give blood and they are taking the proper precautions to provide a safe environment for donors and staff members.

For just one hour out of your day, you have the opportunity to save a life.

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