Even though you may be enthusiastic about donating Plasma/blood, you may not be eligible. This is determined through an initial screening process.
Eligibility of Donor
The following criteria should be met for potential donors:
- Age: > 18 Years
- Male or nulliparous female donor of weight > 55 Kg
- Prior diagnosis of Covid-19 documented by a laboratory test(RT-PCR) with symptomatic disease with at least fever and cough
- Complete resolution of Symptoms at least 28 days prior to donation; or Complete resolution of symptoms at least 14 days prior to donation and two negative real time PCR test for COVID-19 from nasopharyngeal swab, collected 24 hour apart.
In addition, donor eligibility criteria for whole blood donation will be followed in accordance to the Drug & amp; Cosmetics Act 1940 and rules 1945 therein (as amended till march 2020) & are mentioned below:
The donor must be 18 to 65 years of age with a minimum weight of 45 kg. The blood collected needs to be clean and disease-free. Post-screening, all donated blood samples are tested to ensure that no diseases are transmitted.
The following people are not eligible for blood donation
- Intoxicated individuals
- Blood cancer patients (lymphoma, leukaemia)
- Type 1 diabetes patients
- Patients having coronary heart disease or those who have suffered a heart attack
- Pregnant and nursing women
- Patients with AIDS, Hepatitis B or C, Syphilis
- People who have a fever or other active infections
- People who have got a piercing or body art done during the last 6 months
Is it safe to donate Plasma?
Blood and plasma have been used to treat many other conditions, and they’re usually very safe. The risk of contracting COVID-19 infection from receiving convalescent plasma therapy is very low because the plasma donor has fully recovered from the infection.
What is Antibody Test?
An antibody test is a screening for antibodies in blood. It is also called a serology test.The antibody test isn’t checking for the virus itself. Instead, it looks to see whether your immune system — your body’s defense against illness — has responded to the infection.
What’s the Difference Between a Coronavirus Test and an Antibody Test?
A coronavirus test, sometimes called a diagnostic test, looks for signs of active virus. It’s simpler and faster than an antibody test. But it tells you only if you have the virus in your body at the moment when you’re tested.An antibody test shows that you had the virus at some point in the past. It could be gone, or you could still be contagious.
How many days a recovered body can take to develop antibody
Antibodies develops in 14 to 28 days, and it will last till 2-3 months.
What is (RT-PCR) Test:
Reverse transcription PCR, or RT-PCR is a variation of PCR, or polymerase chain reaction.
Plasma Compatibility Chart: