Nick Saban said he will donate plasma to help others recover from COVID-19

Published 6:20 am Thursday, December 10, 2020

After touting the positive effects plasma treatments had during his bout with COVID-19,  Alabama head football coach Nick Saban said he plans to do the same for other patients by donating his own plasma in the future.

Saban to that he will give plasma as soon as he is eligible and that he encourages other, who are able, to do the same.

The FDA authorized emergency use of the convalescent plasma therapy in August while noting trials remain necessary to determine its effectiveness.

“Blood donated by people who’ve recovered from COVID-19 has antibodies to the virus that causes it,” an overview of plasma treatments from the Mayo Clinic reads. “The donated blood is processed to remove blood cells, leaving behind liquid (plasma) and antibodies. These can be given to people with COVID-19 to boost their ability to fight the virus.”

The Mayo Clinic also noted the effectiveness of the treatment is still being studied.

Last week, Saban said the plasma treatment were responsible for helping him recover from the mild symptoms from the virus. He said he felt “100%” after the treatment and recommended it to anyone who could get it.

Saban said the process was simple and took no more than 45 minutes to do. He said the longest part of the process was waiting an hour after the plasma treatment to make sure there weren’t any allergic reactions.

Eligible donors can give plasma every seven days for up to three months or a maximum of eight times, according to the Red Cross. You must be fully recovered after a verified prior COVID-19 diagnosis, at least 17 years old and 110 pounds or heavier.