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Berkshire Health Systems Seeks Plasma Donations From Recovered COVID-19 Patients

A sign with directions for various departments of a hospital stands at a crossroads
Josh Landes
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WAMC
The main sign at Berkshire Medical Center's Pittsfield campus

Berkshire Health Systems is asking COVID-19 survivors to donate their plasma in an effort to help those still struggling to beat the virus. 

Dr. Jessica Krochmal – chair of BHS’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine – says that the company is looking for donors who have had COVID-19, recovered from it, and are symptom free for 28 days.

“The plasma is very specific in this because it contains those proteins, those antibodies that actually target specifically COVID-19 and hopefully neutralize it and allow the body to start to heal,” she told WAMC.

There is currently no specific treatment for COVID-19. BHS received its first round of donations on Wednesday, and is scheduling donations for the coming weeks.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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