Fight back against COVID-19

June 22, 2020

While the number of COVID-19 symptoms seems to grow on a regular basis, there’s one that remains pretty common – a feeling of powerlessness.

In the face of a global pandemic that has neither a vaccine nor a cure, that’s not unusual.  But there are things you can do to help restore at least some control.

If you have not had COVID-19, you can encourage those who have recovered to donate what is known as convalescent plasma. You also can give blood – call 210-731-5590 or visit SouthTexasBlood.org/Give-Now to schedule a blood donation.

When someone has an infection, your immune system produces antibodies in response, and those antibodies travel in the plasma.

Transfusing that plasma to patients who are seriously ill with a COVID-19 infection, in early study results, have shown promise in helping them recover.

If you have had COVID-19 and recovered, you can contact the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center at COVID19@southtexasblood.org to find out more about donating convalescent plasma. If you had a positive test for the virus, or one for the antibodies to it, you may be able to give. The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is testing all blood donations for the antibodies and sending out the results in letters to donors.

You can call 210-731-5590 or visit SouthTexasBlood.org/Give-Now to schedule a blood donation.

The Connect for Life social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter have information about plasma and blood donations.

A number of plasma donor stories, including people from all over San Antonio, have been distributed, all of them encouraging recovered patients to give:

  • ABC News featured the online meeting between San Antonio’s first convalescent plasma donor, David Herrmann, and the patient who received the transfusion, Jimmie Hayden. KSAT-TV also produced a story about their first face-to-face meeting.
  • Texas Public Radio posted a story about Stephanie Key, a clarinet player in the San Antonio Symphony, who donated plasma multiple times.
  • Husband-and-wife physicians Elizabeth and Aaron King have been profiled for making multiple donations. Elizabeth was featured on KSAT-TV in May and Aaron’s story was on KSAT-TV in June.
  • San Antonio businessman Paul Basaldua detailed his experiences with both COVID-19 and plasma donation on the Rivard Report and his story also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.
  • The Express-News also published a long profile of a San Antonio couple, Dina and Brian Murphy, calling them “super donors” for their multiple donations.

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Donating red cells makes a difference

STBTC part of program to promote convalescent plasma donations

San Antonio teen fights rare autoimmune disorder