One thing is for certain in 2020: this will forever be known as the year of COVID-19.\nThere's hardly an aspect of daily life that hasn't been affected by the virus.\nFrom working remotely and keeping a two-metre distance to wearing face masks even on quick grocery runs, everyone has had to adapt.\nIt's not a stretch to say that everyone hopes for the global pandemic to finally end and for life to return to normal — albeit a "new normal," likely for a long while.\nThe individuals working tirelessly to make that happen are those in the medical and scientific communities.\nWhile there has been some great news regarding vaccines, Canadian Blood Services, which has coordinated millions of life-saving blood, plasma and platelet donations, is busy working to help treat those currently infected by establishing a new convalescent plasma donation program.\nThe organization is contributing by supplying convalescent plasma to Canadian physicians caring for patients with the virus.\nThis is being done in the context of approved clinical trials to test the effectiveness of convalescent plasma in treating COVID-19 patients at more than 60 hospitals nationwide.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Angela Watt (@sociableangela)\nWhat exactly is convalescent plasma?\nPlasma is a protein-rich liquid in our blood that supports the immune system and helps other blood components (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets) travel through the body.\nWhen a person is infected with a virus, their body starts making antibodies (lowkey the real MVP of our bodies) to fight the virus.\nConvalescent plasma is collected from someone who has already recovered from a virus. Those specific antibodies could potentially be the key ingredient for a treatment to help others with the same virus.\nIn order to test the effectiveness of convalescent plasma to fight the coronavirus, Canadian Blood Services is currently seeking more convalescent plasma donors who have recently recovered from COVID-19.\nJoining in this effort could possibly make you part of the solution to cure coronavirus.\nView this post on Instagram I am beyond excited to share that I am partnering with Canadian Blood Services to help bring awareness to services that are literally saving lives.❗ Have you donated blood before? I just did for the very first time, and am committed to doing so again and again.🩸 Seriously... I've already marked the date that I'm next eligible in my calendar. Diversity in the blood system is so important because the people in need of blood are incredibly diverse. Did you know that rare blood types can be discovered in certain ethnic groups? If you're looking for an incredible way to give back, #WorldKindnessDay is around the corner, making it the perfect opportunity to make a valuable impact! ♥️ 1 in 2 Canadians will need blood, or know someone who will. Go book an appointment at your nearest location. #CanadasLifeline @lifelinebcy @canadaslifeline A post shared by Kaya: Natural Hair & Lifestyle (@comfygirlcurls) on Nov 6, 2020 at 4:18pm PST\nTo participate as a convalescent plasma donor in these clinical trials, you must be:\nRecently confirmed positive for COVID-19 by a laboratory test\nYounger than 67 years old\nRecently fully recovered and symptom-free from the virus for at least 28 days\nYou can sign up for the clinical trials without ever having donated blood or plasma before.\nCanadian Blood Services also has the infrastructure and expertise to keep everyone safe during these trials.\nThey will only collect units from those who have fully recovered from the virus.\nIf you meet the above conditions, the first step in becoming a potential convalescent plasma donor in these clinical trials is to sign up through Canadian Blood Services’ online registry and wait to be contacted.\nCanadian Blood Services especially needs convalescent plasma donors who have just recently recovered from the coronavirus to contribute to this cause.\nThe best time to donate convalescent plasma is between one and four months after recovery. This is when the immune system will typically have the highest level of antibodies to this coronavirus.\nIndividuals who never had the virus won't have the necessary antibodies either.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by London Blood Donors (@londonblooddonors)\nUnfortunately, as the number of COVID-19 cases rises in Canada, the need for convalescent plasma donors increases.\nAs 2020 wraps up, the medical and scientific communities are hard at work, trying to find a cure for COVID-19 and stop its spread.\nIf you decide to participate in Canada's clinical trials, then you might be part of that solution.\nFor more information and to register online to become a convalescent plasma donor, visit Canadian Blood Services' website. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.