"The recovered donors must be proven to have had a COVID-19 diagnosis through a positive lab test result by a physician or laboratory", Versiti senior medical director Dan Waxman said in a news release.
Even as Kerala is successful in flattening the curve of COVID-19 with more recoveries and less cases, if the clinical trial of convalescent plasma therapy becomes successful, it will surely be a major step forward for its fight against COVID-19.
Plasma from survivors of an infectious disease, called convalescent plasma, can be used for seriously ill coronavirus patients, especially those with a suppressed immune system, to boost their antibodies and help stimulate recovery, Kuttner said.
"My wonderful doctors say it could save his life as the antibodies of survivors in the past viruses have done", said the senator, who contracted the disease last month.
UTHealth and Memorial Hermann have joined the Convalescent Plasma Expanded Access Program led by the Mayo Clinic.
Doctors at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston treated five critically ill COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma therapy.
Doctors are working to build up the supply of plasma from COVID-19 survivors, and need donations to bolster the pipeline. They will be given new rounds of plasma transfusion after finding the donors.
The actual donation process will be the same as for a whole blood or automated plasma donation.
A 40-year-old COVID-19 positive patient was on Sunday booked for "attempt to murder" after he allegedly spat on a doctor treating him at the government hospital here, police said.
A recent study published by Chinese researchers has found the therapy to be a "promising rescue option" for severe Covid-19 patients.
Blood plasma and other specimens for future research will be collected through the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center by appointment only and donors will have to meet all standard blood donor screening requirements.