Blood plasma has formed part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic this year, with doctors looking everywhere in search of viable treatments for the deadly disease. A few methods have already proven effective, including drug dexamethasone, while scientists work to develop a vaccine. Blood plasma has several uses, and donors can help other people fight off COVID-19.
Who can donate blood plasma?
Blood plasma is a yellow liquid which carries red and white blood cells and platelets around the blood.
People who recover from COVID-19 will have white blood cells geared towards fighting the disease.
Those who donate their plasma can pass on these programmed cells to those currently fighting the disease, helping them recover quickly.
NHSBT also provides a selection of other criteria disqualifying people from donation on their website, where they can also register their interest.
Some people may feel apprehensive about donating during a pandemic, but organisers have said doing so is entirely safe.
They have added increased COVID-19 measures such as cleaning, masks and more to shield donors.
An NHS Blood and Transplant spokesperson said: “Blood donation is as safe as possible.”
“We’ve put extra safety measures in place, and safety is always our number one priority.
“We’re spacing donors out, doing extra cleaning, our staff are wearing face masks, and we’re triaging everyone who arrives so only people with no risk factors can enter the donation area.
“We’re asking donors to follow the latest advice on our website and app and the advice from the Government.
“We’re constantly reviewing the latest information and putting in place measures where needed. Safety is always our number one priority.”