REal Time Plasma Donation Information
What is Plasma Donation?
If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma.
Because you fought the infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies provided one way for your immune system to fight the virus when you were sick, so your plasma donation may be able to be used to help others fight off the disease.
What is Convalescent Plasma?
Plasma is the yellow, liquid part of blood that contains antibodies. Antibodies are proteins made by the body in response to infections. Convalescent plasma from patients who have already recovered from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may contain antibodies against COVID-19. Giving this convalescent plasma to hospitalized people currently fighting COVID-19 may help them recover.
So, get yourself register to donate or request a plasma donation. Information reference: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/donate-covid-19-plasma.
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.
Most common symptoms:
- Fever, dry cough, tiredness.
Less common symptoms:
- Aches and pains, sore throat
- Diarrhea, conjunctivitis, headache
- Loss of taste or smell.
- A rash on the skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes.
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
- Chest pain or pressure, loss of speech or movement.
- Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms.
- On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.
If you have these symptoms, then get yourself tested asap. There are quite a few options available to get more information about the infection.
Types of Tests:
1. Molecular based Test (RT PCR/TruNat/CBNAAT) –
Purpose – To check if you have COVID or not?
How long it takes? -Usually takes 24-36 hours to get the results depending on the city.
2. Rapid Antigen Detection Test –
Purpose- Check if you have COVID or not
How long it takes? -Usually takes 15-30 mins to get the results.
3. Antibody Rapid Test –
Purpose – Check if you have antibodies to fight COVID in your body or not.
How long it takes? Usually takes anywhere between a few hours to a day depending on the city and labs.
4. Blood tests (CBC, CRP, Ferritin, LDH, SGPT/OT, Ddimmer)
Purpose – To check the severity of infection.
How long it takes? – Usually takes anywhere between a few hours to a day depending on the city and labs.
5. CT-Scan –
Purpose – Check how much COVID has spread in your lungs?
How long it takes? – Usually immediately.
What to do when you find out you are positive?
- Isolate yourself in a room
- Call the helpline number 104 or 1075 or +91-11-23978046 and inform local authorities to get medical advice on the next steps.
- Buy Oximeter to monitor your SPO2 levels. If it goes below 94 on a regular basis then see a doctor immediately.
- Drink lots of water and fluid.
- Get the blood tests done. Your blood reports will show the ideal range which will help you understand the severity of the infection.