Convalescent Plasma Program

If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, please consider donating plasma to help current COVID-19 patients.

Historically, convalescent plasma has been used to prevent or treat new viral diseases, when other treatments or vaccines were not available. People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that have the potential to work against the virus.

The plasma obtained from the blood of people who recovered from COVID-19 (convalescent plasma) is being evaluated as treatment for hospitalized patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections, or those judged by a health care provider to be at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening disease.

Blood specimens may also be used to better understand patients’ immune responses to COVID-19 to assist development of new therapies and vaccines.

Donating for local use

MU Health Care has joined a select group of hospitals nationwide by participating in a clinical trial to determine whether plasma found in blood from those previously infected with novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) can benefit those currently fighting the virus. Read more

Dima Dandachi, MD, an infectious disease physician, is principal investigator for the MU Health Care convalescent plasma program.

Adults who’ve recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to participate by filling out the form below. This is an unpaid and voluntary program.

“We believe this trial could be promising, the risks to the donor are minimal, and it could save someone’s life,” Dandachi said.

Eligibility and process

If you want to donate plasma to help others in need, you will go through a screening process. This is to make sure you qualify and your blood is healthy and safe.

During the donation process, your blood is drawn through a needle placed in a vein in one arm. A special machine separates the plasma from your blood sample, and the remaining red blood cells are returned to your body. This process can cause minor side effects such as dehydration and fatigue. Serious side effects may occur as well, although these are rare.

Eligibility requirements for donors: previously documented positive COVID-19 test, 14 days of no symptoms and a subsequent negative COVID-19 test. Those eligible and interested in donating plasma for the project can fill out the form below.

Was your COVID-19 diagnosis confirmed by a lab test?
Do you currently have symptoms?
Has it been at least 14 days since the last day of your symptoms (COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath)?
Have you had a follow up test that was negative for COVID-19 or shows you no longer have COVID-19?