WASHINGTON (WJZ) — A group of D.C. firefighters and EMT’s who have recovered from COVID-19 are now helping dozens of COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The recovered first responders have been donating plasma as part of a study happening at MedStar Washington Hospital.


Doctors are using the antibody-rich plasma to treating patients struggling with COVID-19.

The hope is that with the antibodies will help jump-start patients’ immune systems.

So far, 250 patients throughout the MedStar system from D.C. to here in Baltimore have received donated plasma.

If you want to become a potential donor, please click right here.

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

Comments (3)
  1. King Julian says:

    thank you DC firefighters

  2. J says:

    How about a program at the federal level to make sure those who have recovered are donating blood. The number of recovered patients is currently far greater than those who are very sick. This is a way the federal government get out in front of this rather than just telling us to wash our hands, social distance etc.

    1. Miguel says:

      The US is a republic of sovereign states. Health issues have always been managed at or below the state level. Each person has always decided whether or not (s)he wants to donate plasma and blood. Wanting the federal government to run all this and forcing prior infected to donate is fascism.

      The media hasn’t been telling the public that a lot of the infected, who may have been declared “recovered,” continue to suffer lingering symptoms for several weeks to months. Some worry the symptoms may be permanent. Someone feeling this poorly is probably not too enthusiastic to donate plasma to others like you who don’t want to wash your hands or social distance.

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