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Recoverd COVID-19 patients encouraged to donate blood to Indiana Biobank

An IU researcher is leading the charge in encouraging recovered COVID-19 patients to donate their blood to Indiana Biobank.
Blood donation (Getty/kuarmungadd)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The Indiana University School of Medicine is asking for Hoosiers who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood for research.

The donations can be used to improve testing, develop treatments and better understand the complications of the coronavirus.

An IU Med School assistant professor of psychiatry is leading the call after he contracted COVID-19 himself.

"As a scientist, I believe in data collection and answers through research, so I'm very enthusiastic about, I think, collect data, collect blood samples so that we can learn more about this disease," Brandon Oberlin said. "We're not going to be able to make good decisions — both public policy and even personal decisions — about this disease and the way that it affects us and our society until we have answers."

Indiana Biobank will consider Hoosiers who had the virus as "recovered" if they have been symptom-free for 28 days or have negative results from a nasal or oral swab test.

To see if you qualify for a donation and set up a time to participate, click here.