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Researchers Collect Convalescent Serum (Blood Plasma) from COVID-19 Survivors

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Medical researcherAs part of a research study to determine if blood plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 can help treat hospitalized patients with active COVID-19 infection, Stony Brook researchers are collecting the convalescent serum (blood plasma) to use in an experimental treatment strategy in those battling the disease. If you have recovered from COVID-19 and want to help others with the disease by donating your blood plasma, please visit:

Led by Elliott Bennett-Guerrero, MD, Medical Director, Perioperative Quality and Patient Safety and Professor and Vice Chair, Clinical Research and Innovation, Department of Anesthesiology at Stony Brook Medicine, the clinical trial is expected to enroll up to 500 patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19.

“All of our talented physician-researchers, nurses and entire medical staff are focused on identifying every pathway possible to help change the course of this devastating virus,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences and Dean, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. “Having a network of physician-scientists in place allows us to contribute on both a local and global scale to accelerate the fight against COVID-19 and save lives.”

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  • How do I become part of the clinical trial for covid 19?
    Was sick with symptoms 3/17-3/28
    Last symptom/fever 3/28
    Tested 4/14
    Test result 4/17 Positive

  • I was quite sick on March 18th with a runny nose and extreme fatigue. I did not have a fever or a cough (the supposedly confirming symptoms, at that date). But I went to bed and slept for 14 straight hours, never,ever, having slept for that long in my 80 years. I had recurring similar symptoms 10 days later on March 28th, but of less severity, and again about 5 days later, of lesser severity.
    I concluded that I had had COVID-19.
    On May 7 I was tested by nasal swab for COVID. Test returned NEGATIVE on the 9th.

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