By: Zion Lee
As a global pandemic has driven unemployment to an unprecedented high, millions of people are still without jobs or a steady income. One way to earn money during this time would be through the donation of plasma. While jobs may be scarce, almost everyone can donate plasma and be paid for their donation. In fact, America remains the number one provider of plasma to the world as laws allow individuals to donate their own plasma for monetary compensation. Some argue that the plasma industry thus profits off of “economic desperation”, yet such claims often overlook the benefits of for-profit plasma donation. Not only are donors given money for their donation and time, but individuals in desperate need of plasma and plasma-based products, such as medications, can also receive the aid they need.
In the past the, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has put out public service announcements (PSAs) that outline the importance of donating plasma. According to the HSS “These studies will require the help of Americans who have recovered from COVID-19 who are willing to donate their plasma.” Thus, there is no real reason as to why donating plasma for money is a bad thing. In fact, such a philanthropic act can help save hundreds or even thousands of lives. So, whether you are someone struggling with homelessness, job insecurity, or even a student who may need some spending money, you can be compensated for helping the world fight against Covid-19 and other diseases.
As the pandemic continues, the plasma shortage must be addressed before it exponentially increases and becomes another global issue that needs to be tackled. According to the Red Cross, if you are in good health or have had COVID-19 but are now symptom-free and recovered for at least 14 days since the last date of symptoms, you can give convalescent plasma. As the pandemic continues on, it may behoove members of society to donate plasma to help fight not only the pandemic but illnesses and diseases that rely on plasma to provide aid to those afflicted in our communities.
Here are some links to donate plasma!