By Dr. Susan Shaw, Chief Medical Officer for the Saskatchewan Health Authority
Have you recovered from COVID-19? If so, you can help others currently battling the virus.
The high number of new COVID-19 infections in Saskatchewan means more of our neighbours, family and friends need care in Saskatchewan’s ICUs and hospitals. This also means there are now more people who could help provide a possible treatment for COVID-19. National trials are testing the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 convalescent blood plasma as a possible treatment option for patients with COVID-19.
Plasma is the protein-rich liquid in blood that supports the immune system while helping other blood components such as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets circulate through our bodies. When a person is infected with a virus, their body starts making antibodies to fight it. These antibodies could be the key ingredient for a treatment to help others with the same virus when collected from someone who has made a recovery.
Physicians in Regina and Saskatoon are currently leading three research trials studying COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma as a therapy option for patients with new COVID-19 infections. We need COVID-19 survivors to donate their plasma so this research can help us all better understand how to help people infected recover and survive.
If you live near a plasma donor centre (in Saskatchewan, they are located in Regina and Saskatoon), and have fully recovered from COVID-19, you could be a potential donor, and can sign up to donate at
If you have recovered from COVID-19, please
click here to learn more about how you can contribute and make a difference. We are all in this together.
A clinical trial involving blood plasma from convalescent COVID-19 patients is currently underway in Saskatchewan and other parts of North America.