Trump Encourages survivors of COVID-19 to donate plasma, United States President Donald Trump
has visited the headquarters of the American Red Cross and encouraged survivors of COVID-19 to donate plasma.
Thousands of coronavirus patients have donated their plasma in the hope it could help other patients recover
from the coronavirus, and scientists are testing whether the donations might also prevent infection
in the first place.
Medical experts say the jury is still out on how effective it is, however.
Trump was joined by several members of his coronavirus task force for the visit to Red Cross, and visited a
plasma donor. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said 50,000 donors have given plasma but hundreds of thousands of more donors are needed to come forward.
If it works, survivor plasma could have important ramifications until a vaccine arrives –
raising the prospect of possibly protecting high-risk people with temporary immune-boosting infusions every so often.
Convalescent plasma’s most famous use was during the 1918 flu pandemic.