Several Miami Dolphins players who have recovered from COVID-19 boarded OneBlood's Big Red Bus to donate convalescent plasma to help patients still fighting the coronavirus.
Miami Dolphins Running Back, Malcolm Perry, says, "I was happy, you know, cause, obviously was presented with the opportunity to give back and, you know, donate plasma and help people in need. Being able to give back to people who weren't fortunate enough to react the same way you did, to the disease or to the virus. Just being able to help them and give back to the community."
As COVID-19 cases surge, the need for convalescent plasma is reaching extraordinary levels.
OneBlood is seeing a more than 500% increase in hospital orders for COVID-19 convalescent plasma and has issued
a call to action for people who have recovered from the virus to become convalescent plasma donors.
Susan Forbes, OneBlood's Senior VP of Corporate Communications and Public Relations, states, "There is a very urgent need in our community for more people to step forward and donate convalescent plasma. After they've recovered from the virus, we're very appreciative to the Miami Dolphins for partnering with OneBlood and the players who have recovered from COVID-19, who are donating their plasma here today are really helping create awareness for more people to follow in their footsteps and become convalescent plasma donors after they've recovered as well."
People who've recovered from the coronavirus have developed antibodies to the virus that remain in the plasma portion of their blood.
By transfusing plasma from a person who has recovered from COVID-19 into a patient still fighting the virus, it can boost their immune system and potentially help them recover.
Richard Levine, M.D. is an Infectious Disease Physician at Baptist Health South Florida. He says,"In patients with a COVID-19 infection who are moderately ill, giving convalescent plasma to them often helps prevent them from going on a ventilator. Once someone is on a ventilator, they have a 50% mortality."
In addition to convalescent plasma donations, many of the Dolphins staff and players also donated blood.
Miami Dolphins Team Physician, Dr. Michael Swartzon, says, "The Miami Dolphins are very interested in community service. Our players are very active in the community. This seemed like a no brainer. This is an opportunity for them to give back to the community, to make some good out of the infection that they got. Thankfully they recovered well and they can help someone else recover well. Or three people recover."
If you have recovered from COVID-19, join the Dolphins in giving back and donate convalescent plasma. Click to learn more.