The company says they are the first national blood bank to test for antibodies, and are providing the test results to successful donors.
The FDA-approved test indicates whether donor's immune system has created coronavirus antibodies regardless of whether they are symptomatic.
“While a positive antibody test does not mean that someone is immune to COVID-19, it does mean that they may be eligible to donate convalescent plasma in the future and help people with the disease,” said Cliff Numark, Vitalant’s Chief of Marketing in a statement. “Convalescent plasma can be given directly to patients currently battling COVID-19 to help boost their ability to fight their illness.”
Blood donors will not be charged for the antibody tests.
The nonprofit says they are in need of blood donations, especially from those with type O-positive, O-negative, A-negative and B-negative.
Vitalant donation locations include:
- 1989 W. Elliot Rd., #33, Chandler
- 18583 N. 59th Ave., #113, Glendale
- 14270 W. Indian School Rd., #C-8, Goodyear
- 1337 S. Gilbert Rd., #101, Mesa
- 5757 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix
- 15170 N. Hayden Rd., #6, Scottsdale
More information: www.vitalant.org/antibodytest
Symptoms for coronavirus COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. These, of course, are similar to the common cold and flu.
Expect a common cold to start out with a sore or scratchy throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly, and can include a high fever.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear more slowly. They usually include fever, a dry cough and noticeable shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization. A minority of cases develop pneumonia, and the disease is especially worrisome for the elderly and those with other medical problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart conditions.
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