University of Washington is seeking plasma from recovered coronavirus patients

Apr 1 2020, 12:46 pm

With nearly 5,000 cases of COVID-19 in Washington State, UW Medicine and Bloodworks Northwest is seeking adult volunteers who’ve recovered from coronavirus to consider donating plasma for research.

Antibodies that defend the body against infections will be taken from the plasma in the blood of donors. The antibodies will be used to create potential new therapies for those fighting coronavirus.

“We are excited about moving forward in this time of a serious pandemic to develop a potential new therapy for this infection,” said Dr. Terry Gernsheimer, a professor of hematology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

“We also hope to gather demographics about COVID-19 survivors to see if there are meaningful associations, and discern as best we can how those antibodies contributed to their recovery.”

If you are in general good health, have recovered from coronavirus, and are willing to donate plasma, email your name and contact information to [email protected], or call 206-520-4212.