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New Donor?

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Olgam Life donor!  You are welcome to stop by at any time, no appointment necessary.

Just be sure to bring:

1. Your current, unexpired ID
2. Proof of address within 50 miles of a center (a piece of mail or a bill with your full name and address will do)
3. Your social security card or a tax document with your full name and SSN displayed

The center will help you complete a health questionnaire and conduct a quick physical to determine your eligibility. After each successful donation, you will be paid between $50-$60 in NYC and between $50-$140 in Florida.

We hope to see you soon!

March 16, 2023

Can I Still Give Plasma, Having Just Had Covid 19?

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Can I Still Give Plasma, Having Just Had Covid 19?

Does having covid-19 stop you from donating life-saving plasma? Not at all. In fact, it may even be the opposite! Olgam Life lifts the lid on plasma and covid.

How does plasma help people?

Plasma is a component of whole blood that helps the body in numerous ways. Plasma is responsible for carrying vital elements around the body, like red and white blood cells, platelets, antibodies, and proteins. Without enough plasma, your body simply wouldn’t be able to function.

Plasma is also a carrier of antibodies, transporting them to parts of the body where they are needed to fight infection. An antibody is a protein produced in response to an antigen, a toxic alien substance that triggers an immune system response.

Can my plasma help someone recovering from Covid 19?

You might think that having Covid-19 excludes you from donating plasma, but that’s not the case. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, data emerged that people who had recovered from Covid-19 might be able to help others with serious forms of Covid-19 infection by donating antibody-rich plasma.

On April 16, the FDA released a memo calling for patients who had fully recovered from Covid-19 to donate at plasma donation centers for blood-related treatments for those suffering from the infection.

Plasma is used to treat a wide range of infections by providing a patient with a dose of antibody-rich plasma, and helping patients fight Covid-19 may work similarly. Covid-19 antibody-rich plasma could help lessen the severity and shorten the length of duration of the infection in some people.

When you donate, some of your plasma is always taken and tested for viruses that could potentially harm the recipient, such as HIV. In the case of Covid-19 patients, the plasma would also be tested for antibodies, which would then be separated and infused into the patient's bloodstream.

However, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a statement that there is insufficient supporting evidence from well-controlled trials to demonstrate that plasma from Covid-19 survivors can help people currently suffering from the infection. So more study is needed before this is a real option.

What should I do if I want to donate and I’ve had Covid 19?

Even though plasma can’t yet help patients with Covid-19, there’s a wide range of conditions and diseases that plasma can help with. You must wait at least 28 days following a negative Covid-19 test to visit a donation center. Make sure you feel well and don’t come to the center if you have Covid-19 symptoms.

Covid-19 can take a toll on your body, even if you are healthy. Make sure you eat a healthy balanced diet with lots of protein and iron and drink your recommended daily water intake, especially when recovering from a Covid-19 infection and in the lead-up to any plasma donation. Find out what you should and shouldn’t do before donating plasma and what side effects from plasma donation to expect in our blog.

Donating at Olgam Life

We welcome every donor through our doors as one of the vital members of our family that make our mission possible. At Olgam Life, donor wellbeing is paramount. From instant payments to referral schemes, we think of our donors at every step. Find an Olgam Life center near you today.

If you’ve been thinking about donating plasma, you’re in the right place. Read our plasma donation FAQs and take a look at our articles below. We cover everything you need to know about donating plasma and getting the most out of the experience.

Get in touch if you have any questions, and let one of our team members put you at ease. We’ve also got vacancies on our team, so check our career vacancies.

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Written by
Sarah Ford