Synagogue Members Who Recovered From COVID-19 Donate Blood To Help Others

Members of a synagogue in New York that became the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the area are doing their part to help others who have contracted COVID-19.

More than 1,000 congregants at Young Israel of New Rochelle were forced into quarantine in early March after a 50-year-old synagogue member tested positive for COVID-19. About 100 members of the synagogue would end up testing positive for the virus. On March 12, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered a one-mile containment zone around the temple for two weeks.

Now that the quarantine is over, members of the congregation are looking to help by donating blood. Those who tested positive for COVID-19 and have been symptom-free for 14 days are being tested again to ensure they are virus-free. If the results are negative, researchers are going to examine their blood to determine if they have developed enough antibodies to fight off the coronavirus. If they have, their blood plasma can be given to sick patients and at-risk people.

“Now that I’m out of quarantine… it’s time to save people,” Sandra Weinstein told USA Today.

To keep up to date on the latest news about the coronavirus and to understand what you need to stay safe and healthy, check out the Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction podcast from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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