South Carolina governor donates plasma for COVID-19 therapy

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and his wife have donated plasma to help patients who have COVID-19 recover more quickly from the disease. (Photo: Gov. Henry McMaster)

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and his wife have donated plasma to help patients who have COVID-19 recover more quickly from the disease.

McMaster and the first lady contracted COVID-19 in December and doctors encourage people who recover from the disease to donate the blood product. The plasma is then transfused into the bodies of current hospitalized COVID-19 patients to lessen their symptoms and hopefully help them recover faster.

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The 73-year-old governor spent nearly two hours donating his plasma.

Officials say it could help up to four COVID-19 patients. Red Cross officials say demand for the plasma has increased 250% since October.