As a thank you to blood donors, SunCoast Blood Centers will now test all blood donors for the antibodies to COVID-19. Antibodies are produced when a person has been infected, therefore, a positive result from this test would indicates that the donor was previously exposed to the virus.
This test will be offered through October 31st, 2020.
The test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for detecting the presence of antibodies against SARS-Co V-2 and is not intended to diagnose or treat COVID-19. Donors should be healthy at the time of donation and must meet all donor criteria.
Donors who have the COVID-19 antibodies will be contacted within 7 business days and will be encouraged to set up a future convalescent plasma donation. If you are not contacted within 7 business days, you do not possess the antibodies to the COVID-19 virus.