Lubavitchers Travel On Lag B’Omer to Donate Plasma

The third group of Lubavitcher from Crown Heights traveled to Bethlehem, PA on Lag B’Omer to donate plasma which can help coronavirus patients.

By reporter

17 members of the Crown Heights community traveled on Lag B’Omer to Bethlehem, PA, to donate their blood plasma to people battling severe COVID-19 infections.

This group was the third from Crown Heights. The previous two donated plasma last week, one at the same location, and the second in New Jersey. In total, the three groups brought more than 70 Lubavitchers from Crown Heights to donate, and more groups are planned for the coming days.

Nearly 1,000 Crown Heights community residents turned out earlier this month for the plasma testing drive in Oholei Torah. 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.

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