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American Red Cross asking for convalescent plasma donations

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Posted at 5:53 PM, May 19, 2020

The American Red Cross is leading a nationwide initiative to identify, qualify and collect convalescent plasma safely from recovered COVID-19 patients. The Red Cross says convalescent plasma collected from those recovered contain anti-bodies that can attack the virus and possibly help those currently infected.

In Boise, Red Cross board member Vanessa Fry has recovered from COVID-19, along with her husband, and she says after recovering, donating her plasma is her way of fighting back.

"To be able to give back after that is really good because I know so many people are suffering from it," said Fry. "So, having the opportunity to give them a chance to get healthy quicker feels really good and it feels like it's part of my responsibility to be able to do that."

If you have recovered from COVID-19 and would like to donate your convalescent plasma, schedule an appoint by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or click here. The American Red Cross says you need to be coronavirus symptom free for 28 days, or 14 days symptom free from a negative COVID-19 test.