If you currently have COVID-19, your donated blood can help make a difference!
New mobile donation units allow you to donate from the comfort of your home. Our mobile donation unit can travel anywhere in the United States.
Physicians Plasma is working with the medical community to develop a cure for the novel COVID-19 virus. Your donated blood can help to accelerate the search for a drug or vaccine.
- Be pre-screened to determine eligibility.
- You must be able to provide a copy of a positive test result for COVID-19. Confirmation of the diagnosis and/or treatment must be verified.
- You must have a photo ID.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You must disclose if you have ever been diagnosed with Hepatitis B, C and/or HIV.
What’s Involved in Donating Blood?
The donation takes approximately an hour but may take longer. There will be one visit scheduled per donor with a possibility of a follow up visit. The technician visiting the donor’s home will be dressed in full personal protective gear.
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Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms can include tiredness, aches, runny nose and sore throat.
The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe. Some people have no symptoms. People who are older or have existing chronic medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, may be at higher risk of serious illness. This is similar to what is seen with other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza.
It’s unclear exactly how contagious the new coronavirus is. It appears to spread from person to person among those in close contact. It may be spread by respiratory droplets released when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes.
It may also be spread if a person touches a surface with the virus on it and then touches his or her mouth, nose or eyes.
Risk factors for COVID-19 appear to include recent travel from or residence in an area with ongoing community spread of COVID-19 as determined by CDC or WHO or close contact with someone who has COVID-19 — such as when a family member or health care worker takes care of an infected person.
Complications can include pneumonia in both lungs, organ failure in several organs or death.
This information is not meant for clinical diagnosis, but as an educational resource derived from Mayo Clinic.