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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have been infected with COVID-19, please review this important information about donating.

We are currently recruiting for a new project to advance clinical therapies related to COVID-19. Individuals who donated blood and then, at some time later, become ill with a diagnosis of Coronavirus infection, are asked to advise the center where they donated as soon as possible. Plans can be made for you to visit to donate after your recovery.

In accordance with NHS guidelines if you have been infected with COVID-19, please refrain from donating blood at our donor centers  for research for at least 14 days after resolution of symptoms or after a diagnosis of COVID-19 or 28 days after the last possible close contact exposure to a person with COVID-19. 

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). In 2019, a new coronavirus was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak that originated in China.

The virus is now known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease it causes is called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in a growing number of countries by organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO). They continue to monitor the situation and post updates on their websites. WHO declared a global pandemic in March 2020. These groups have also issued recommendations for preventing and treating the illness.

Donor requirements for participation:

  • You must be clinically diagnosed by a medical professional. Confirmation of the diagnosis and/or treatment must be verified with your physician.
  • Be pre-screened to determine eligibility.
  • You’re willing to donate blood.
  • Possess a valid government-issued photo ID (Driver's License, Passport, ID Card, etc.)
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 66 years old.
  • You must weight at least 50 kg.

For questions and concerns about requirements or participation, contact us at +44 176 321 1616.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms can include tiredness, aches, runny nose and sore throat.

The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe. Some people have no symptoms. People who are older or have existing chronic medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, may be at higher risk of serious illness. This is similar to what is seen with other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza.

Causes

It’s unclear exactly how contagious the new coronavirus is. It appears to spread from person to person among those in close contact. It may be spread by respiratory droplets released when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes.

It may also be spread if a person touches a surface with the virus on it and then touches his or her mouth, nose or eyes.

Risk factors/Complications

Risk factors for COVID-19 appear to include recent travel from or residence in an area with ongoing community spread of COVID-19 as determined by WHO or close contact with someone who has COVID-19 — such as when a family member or health care worker takes care of an infected person.

Complications can include pneumonia in both lungs, organ failure in several organs or death.

This information is not meant for clinical diagnosis, but as an educational resource derived from Mayo Clinic.

Discovering you've been infected with a disease can be overwhelming with many unanswered questions and concerns. One that may come to mind is “how can I help someone else that may go the same process and struggles that I have experienced?” You can help by becoming a donor! Participating in research allows scientists and clinicians find new treatments, tests and quicker diagnostic methods to improve patient outcomes and, hopefully, prevent the disease from spreading.

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