U.S. Senator Bob Casey Plans to Donate His Plasma after Testing Positive for COVID-19 Antibodies
"I hope that others will do the same to help slow the spread of the virus."
Earlier this year, U.S. Senator Bob Casey was experiencing mid-flu-like symptoms and low-grade fever. This went on for several days. He called his doctor and was recommended to do self-quarantine at home for 14 days. He no longer had a fever by Mid-April.
After confirming that he was tested for the COVID-19 antibody, he announced that he plans to donate his plasma as a way to help those who are still recovering from severe cases caused by this infectious disease. He would be making his “first donation” of plasma on Friday in Lackawanna County.
Casey said that his symptoms were “relatively mild and manageable,” so there was no immediate need for him to seek medical care. He was no longer receiving a recommendation to have a COVID-19 test by that time because he no longer had any fever.
He spoke with the Capitol’s attending physician last week and underwent a COVID-19 ELISA IgG Antibody Test. The results returned positive.
“The results of this test revealed substantial levels of COVID-19 antibody in my blood, significantly more than the amount required to qualify me as a plasma donor,” said Casey. “I will continue to follow the guidance of public health experts by wearing a mask in public and observing social distancing practices, and I hope that others will do the same to help slow the spread of the virus.”
Senator Casey has also encouraged others who have recovered from COVID-19 to possibly do the same and visit their nearest accredited health facility to check if they are eligible to donate their antibodies.
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