Over a dozen members of the Crown Heights community traveled today to Bethlehem, PA, to donate their blood plasma to people battling severe Covid-19 infections.
By Anash.org reporter
Following the successful antibody testing drive held last week in Oholei Torah, over a dozen members of the Crown Heights community traveled today to Bethlehem, PA, to donate their blood plasma to people battling severe Covid-19 infections.
This is the first group of Crown Heights plasma donors. In the coming days, many more people who tested with high antibodies will donate their blood plasma, as part of the Jewish community-wide effort to help save as many lives as possible.
Nearly 1,000 Crown Heights community residents turned out last week Tuesday for the plasma testing drive. Organizers called the event a great success and an amazing Kiddush Hashem.
People who have recovered from Covid-19 typically have varying levels of antibodies in their circulatory system and their blood can potentially be used in the treatment of those still sick with the virus.
The drive was organized by Crown Medical PC, The Gedaliah Society, Hatzalah of Crown Heights, Kamin Health and Lakewood Bikur Cholim, in partnership with the Mayo Clinic.
The Covid-19 IGG antibody testing in Crown Heights took place alongside many similar drives done in Jewish communities across the country, and was held in loving memory of Rabbi Don Yoel Levy and R’ Avrohom Aharon Rubashkin, both of whom succumbed to the virus.
It’s important to keep in mind that medical professionals have stressed that the presence of antibodies in one’s blood does not necessarily imply immunity from the disease, and all social distancing guidelines must still be followed.