People who have recovered from the coronavirus have developed antibodies to the virus that remain in the plasma portion of their blood. A study is now being conducted, sponsored by Johns Hopkins University, to determine if using the plasma from recovered patients also can prevent high risk people from becoming infected by COVID-19.
Scientists are investigating the use of blood plasma from recovering COVID-19 patients as a tool to prevent infection in others.
To be eligible to donate convalescent plasma, individuals must meet all regular blood donor requirements of being in general good health and weighing at least 110 pounds, be completely symptom-free for at least 14 days and have a laboratory-confirmed test for COVID-19. He said he didn't know if he would survive.
"I was surprised initially but was happy because I was presented with the opportunity to give back and donate plasma and help people in need", Perry said.
Perry, a running back who played quarterback at Navy and can also play wide receiver, was one of several players who donated, according to the Dolphins. These individuals can donate plasma every 28 days, which is more frequent than whole blood of every 56 days.
Last month, Mayo Clinic researchers reported that 20,000 COVID-19 patients deemed at risk for progressing to a severe or life-threatening condition saw their risk of death drop from 12% to 9% a week after receiving plasma therapy.