Haukeland University Hospital will collect blood from newly recovered Coronavirus patients

Haukeland University HospitalBergen.Haukeland University Hospital.Photo: Marit Hommedal / NTB scanpix

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The blood bank at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen calls for blood donors who have tested positive covid-19 and have recovered.

In an effort to reduce risk groups for the Coronavirus, Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen is considering attempts to give residents blood plasma from people who have developed antibodies after having the Covid-19 disease, writes Bergens Tidende.

The blood bank therefore calls for blood donors that have tested positive for Covid-19 and recovered. Blood donors who strongly suspect they have been infected by the virus are also asked to sign up.

– “Initially, we will check whether these blood donors have developed sufficient antibodies. If they have it, we will harvest their plasma,” says department head Einar Klæboe Kristoffersen to the newspaper.

The trial is national and is conducted under the Institute of Public Health and in collaboration with all health regions. Initially, 180 blood donors will be searched for antibodies. If they find it, it will be considered to take plasma from these individuals and give it to particularly vulnerable individuals and health professionals who are at risk.

– “It will take a few months before we see results,” says Kristoffersen.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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