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Why the Redding blood bank 08-27-2020

Published August 28, 2020

A North State blood bank is calling for people who recovered from the coronavirus to donate plasma to help patients in need.

Health officials are hopeful they can use convalescent plasma — the liquid part of the blood that contains antibodies, donated by patients who recovered from a disease — to help some COVID-19 patients fight the virus until a vaccine is found.

Vitalant blood bank in Redding put out a call on Wednesday for healthy people to make appointments to donate, according to an email issued by Shasta County Health and Human Services spokeswoman Kerri Schuette. Needed are blood, platelets and convalescent plasma.

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