Every eighth Moscow plasma donor with COVID-19 antibodies has donated at least twice

December 11, 2020

Among the 7,500 plasma donors, 972 people, or 12.9 percent, have donated blood more than once, since antibodies in the body of a person who has recovered from COVID-19 can persist for several months.

Over 70 percent of these donors have donated blood twice, 18.6 percent – three times, 6.8 percent – four times, and the rest – five or more times. Also, a unique case was recorded in medical practice this year: a donor donated blood plasma 11 times, and even on the 11th time it contained a sufficient amount of antibodies for treatment.

The presence and retention of COVID-19 antibodies in the blood after recovery is an individual characteristic. If the number remains at a high level and a donor has no medical contraindications, plasma can be donated up to 20 times a year. The interval between procedures should be two weeks.

According to the clinical committee’s decision, plasma with coronavirus antibodies is used for inpatient treatment for those with moderate to severe symptoms. This method is one of the components of complex therapy.

Plasma transfusion helps stabilise a patient and reduces the need for ventilation by half; it increases the survival rate by 19 percent.

Anyone who has recovered from COVID-19 and wants to become a plasma donor can call +7 (495) 870-45-16 daily from 9 am to 7 pm. Plasma can be donated by a person 18 to 55 years old who has recovered from the coronavirus, and who does not have a chronic disease and has tested negative for HIV, and hepatitis B and C.

Sergei Sobyanin has introduced incentive payments in the amount of 5,000 roubles for plasma donors with COVID-19 antibodies. Donors also receive compensation for food of up to 1,212 roubles.

You can find out more information and fill out a questionnaire on Moscow’s Department of Healthcare website. An initial checkup will show whether you have temporary or absolute contraindications to the procedure.

There are eight plasma donation stations in Moscow:

- Gavrilov Blood Centre at 31 Bakinskaya Street

- Gavrilov Blood Centre at 14 Polikarpova Street, Block 2

- Sklifosovsky Research Institute of Emergency Medicine at 3 Bolshaya Sukharevskaya Square, Block 12

- City Clinical Hospital No. 52 at 3 Pekhotnaya Street, Block 1

- Konchalovsky City Clinical Hospital at 2 Kashtanovaya Alley, Bldg. 5, Zelenograd

- Yeramishantsev City Clinical Hospital at 15 Lenskaya Street

- Vorokhobov City Clinical Hospital No. 67 at 2/44 Salyam Adil Street

- Pirogov City Clinical Hospital No. 1 at 10 Leninsky Prospekt, Block 1.

Source: mos.ru

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