DES MOINES, Iowa — People who were either diagnosed with COVID-19, had COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies and are now recovered might be eligible to help patients currently battling the illness by donating antibody-rich convalescent plasma.
In order to be considered for this special convalescent plasma donor program, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- You have received a positive COVID-19 test or diagnosis from your physician or had symptoms indicative of COVID-19. To donate you must be fully recovered from either a diagnosed or suspected case of COVID-19, and you must have been symptom free for more than 14 days.
- You have received a positive COVID-19 antibody test result.
In partnership with the state’s public health department, the LifeServe Blood Center in Des Moines is assisting in the fight against COVID-19 by testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies in order to help understand the spread of the virus and to help identify individuals who might be eligible to provide convalescent plasma for critically ill hospital patients suffering from COVID-19.
This is not a diagnostic test to determine if you have the COVID-19 virus. LifeServe Blood Center is only providing antibody test results. Donors who feel unwell or who are displaying symptoms of any illness are not eligible to donate.
If you believe you are eligible to donate, fill out a pre-assessment on the LifeServe website. For more information, call LifeServe at 800-287-4903.