Report: Former OSU basketball star Marcus Smart to donate plasma for coronavirus research
Celtics guard Marcus Smart plans to donate plasma to the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Tuesday.
Smart, a former OSU Cowboy, announced two weeks ago that he had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. After two weeks of isolation, Smart announced on Sunday that he was coronavirus free, cleared by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Now, the antibodies in his blood may help others who suffer from COVID-19. On Saturday a hospital in Houston became the first in the United States to try experimental blood transfusion therapy on a patient critically ill with COVID-19.
The therapy, known as convalescent serum therapy, was used as early as the 1910s, in response to the Spanish Flu. The theory goes, if the immune systems of those who have recovered from COVID-19 have produced antibodies, plasma donations could deliver those antibodies to others through transfusions.
The National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project is investigating the experimental therapy and its possible uses during the coronavirus pandemic.