COVID-19 survivors asked to donate blood for rare antibodies

Published April 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Rizal Obanil

The spokesperson of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) appealed to the survivors of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to donate their blood with antibodies to be used as possible antidote in treating current patients.

(PGH / MANILA BULLETIN)
(PGH / MANILA BULLETIN)

In an interview over GMA-7’s 24 Oras, Dr. Jonas del Rosario on Thursday night said: “Ang mga pasyente pong ito [na] napatunayan na negative sa COVID-19 ay nagtataglay po ang kanilang dugo ng antibodies laban sa virus na ito. (These patients who survived COVID-19 have antibodies in their blood that may be used against the virus).”

Those who wish to become blood donors may do so by contacting Dr. Sandy Maganito at 0917 805 3207.

Donor candidates, Dr. Del Rosario said will screened and tested to ensure that they do no have any other illnesses and are fit to become donors.

So far, only 51 out of 2,633 patients have been able to recover from the dreaded disease.

Scientists all over the world are scrambling to come up with either a cure or a vaccine to COVID-19.

 
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