Actress Iza Calzado to donate blood in the possibility of treating other patients who still have the disease after she survives the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The actress said in an interview that the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and the Makati Medical Center had reached out to ask her for blood donations.
The actress said, “The minute I got out, PGH and Makati Med both reached out to me, meron din parang blood or plasma drive ngayon na kayo po ay COVID survivor kapag magaling na po kayo.”
Also, the Philippine General Hospital has called on the survivors of COVID-19 to donate blood to the patients who are in critical condition for the seek to treat severe cases with convalescent plasma transfusion. This method was also used in Wuhan, China to heal patients.
PGH spokesman Dr. Jonas Del Rosario explained during an interview that patients who survived the disease have formed antibodies in their blood.
Antibodies are proteins produced by the body to neutralize or destroy toxins or disease-carrying organisms, as of the Center for Disease Control.
Calzado said that she plans to recover further before she donates blood for the COVID-19 patients, although she is now negative for the coronavirus.
She said, “Katulad ko po nagpapagaling pa pwede nating i-donate ang plasma natin para makatulong tayo lalo na sa mga kababayan natin na in critical condition.”
Iza said she hopes to be able to donate blood by next week.
Recalling, Calzado was tested positive for the coronavirus on March 28. And after some time she has able to overcome the disease and declared COVID-19 free.
According to the Department of Health, the COVID-19 cases in the Philippines has climbed up to 3,764 with 177 deaths and 84 recoveries, on Tuesday.
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