Volunteers Serve North County Community from Afar
Author: “B” Hernandez, Development & Special Events Associate, Interfaith Community Services
Collage of Community Donations Shows Generosity
The combined stories experienced at Interfaith Community Services in six weeks are as big as North San Diego County and as unprecedented as the COVID-19 pandemic. Interfaith staff and volunteers are witness to the inspiring and creative ways our community has unified, proving sheltering in place isn’t always a passive existence, through their generosity from afar.
We are fortunate to see our community be whole during a crisis that could separate us if we allow it to.
Recovered COVID-19 Patients Donate Plasma to Help Patients Fight the Virus
Author: Michaela Mitchell, Media Coordinator, San Diego Blood Bank
Friends David and Tim Donate Plasma
San Diego Blood Bank recently issued a call for recovered COVID-19 patients to help treat patients fighting the virus. While COVID-19 has no proven treatment, plasma taken from those who have recovered may help patients currently fighting the virus. This is because the plasma has developed antibodies against the virus. Experience with historical infectious diseases, including the Spanish flu, sudden acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS), and influenza H1N1 have shown that convalescent plasma can be a beneficial viral treatment and prophylactic medicine.
Many recovered COVID-19 patients have stepped up to help patients in critical condition.
“I think so many of us are eager to be of service at this time,” said Silberman. “As soon as I learned about the plasma donation process I applied right away. It felt like a no-brainer to me.”
Individuals can donate convalescent plasma if they have a confirmed positive laboratory test and no symptoms for the last 28 days. People with a subsequent confirmed negative test can donate after 14 days of symptom resolution.
San Diego Blood Bank has created a form where people can submit their contact information to be qualified for convalescent plasma donation. People are encouraged to fill out the form even if they have not yet been tested since antibody tests will be available in the future.
To submit contact information to be qualified as a convalescent plasma donor, visit www.sandiegobloodbank.org/donateplasma.
Alena donates plasma to help others
Robert was excited for this unique opportunity to help others with this virus.