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Good Question: What about testing for blood donors?

Brennan Somers
Updated: June 22, 2020 07:29 AM
Created: June 22, 2020 04:17 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — When summer hits, blood donations typically drop. It happens every year.

However, this year the challenges are worse for blood banks due to the ongoing pandemic and elective surgeries picking up at hospitals.

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To help get more interest, the American Red Cross is testing all blood donors for COVID-19 antibodies.

A viewer named Virginia asked News10NBC’s Brennan Somers: The news reported that the Red Cross is now testing blood donations for COVID antibodies. Will the resulting information be shared with the blood donor?

The Red Cross website states:

The results of your antibody test will be available by logging in to your Blood Donor account on the Blood Donor App or online about 7 to 10 days after your donation. You can also find the results of your mini-physical, including temperature, blood pressure, pulse check and iron levels. We are performing COVID-19 antibody testing on donations made on and after June 15.

Note: The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test, and a positive antibody test results do not confirm infection or immunity; a positive antibody test indicates potential exposure to the virus.

The Red Cross and other blood banks are putting out a call for donations of whole blood, platelets, and for those who've recovered from COVID-19- convalescent plasma. Health experts say it could help other patients fighting the virus.

Learn more how to donate here.

If you have a question you would like answered, send an e-mail to GoodQuestion@whec.com.


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