Teaneck school hosts blood serum donation drive to help COVID-19 patients .

Mount Sinai Hospital, New York



Teaneck elementary school Yeshivat He'Atid helped organize and host a COVID-19 serum donation drive on Thursday in conjunction with Holy Name Medical Center and New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital.

Over 500 people participated on Thursday to have blood drawn to see if they have the antibodies to enable them to donate plasma for COVID-19 patients at local hospitals.

Blood plasma contains the specialized proteins, or antibodies, the body produces to fight infections caused by viruses, bacteria and other pathogens.

The participants had to have tested positive or were presumed to have coronavirus symptoms 21 or more days ago and had shown no symptoms in the past 14 days.

Volunteers from the medical community were on hand to draw the samples and other volunteers helped with crowd management and logistics.

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