Have you been diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and recovered?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). In 2019, a new coronavirus was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak that originated in China. The virus is now known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease it causes is called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (derived from Mayo Clinic).
Your blood donation could lead to a research breakthrough. We are currently recruiting for a new project to advance clinical therapies related to COVID-19. Individuals, who donated blood and then, at some time later, become ill with a diagnosis of Coronavirus infection, are asked to advise the center where they donated as soon as possible. Plans can be made for you to visit to donate after your recovery.
If you have been infected with COVID-19, please refrain from donating blood at our donor centers for at least 28 days after resolution of symptoms after a diagnosis of COVID-19 or 28 days after the last possible close contact exposure to a person with COVID-19. Contact us immediately and we are happy to speak with you about future donations options.
To participate, requirements include that:
- Be pre-screened to determine eligibility.
- You must be clinically diagnosed by a medical professional. Confirmation of the diagnosis and/or treatment must be verified with your physician.
- You’re willing to donate plasma through the apheresis process.
- You must have a photo ID and be able to provide your social security number or proof of citizenship.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You must weight at least 110 lbs.
- You must disclose if you have ever been diagnosed with Hepatitis C and/or HIV.
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.