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NBA Guard Marcus Smart Now Guarding Sick Folks By Donating Blood Plasma After COVID-19 Recovery

After testing positive two weeks ago, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart announced Monday that he’s clear of COVID-19 per the Massachusetts Department of Health. The player claimed to have experienced no symptoms over the course of the illness.

26-year-old Smart tweeted over the weekend to let his fans know he’s okay.

Smart now plans to donate blood toward the development of an experimental treatment to fight the virus. Some COVID-19 experts believe the antibodies in recovered patients’ blood can help sick people who may be too vulnerable to survive the infection, get better.

Dr. Michael Joyner, an anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic, told ABC News, “We believe it can be disease-modifying and reduce duration and severity in some patients.”

Joyner told ABC News that at least three other recently recovered NBA players will join Smart in donating their blood to the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project. NBA league officials and team physicians are encouraging other players who have recovered from the virus to participate as well, and the league provided a $100,000 donation to the project.

Joyner says, “Professional athletes could be especially valuable plasma donors.”

“These are big men with blood volumes, and as a result [they] have a lot of plasma volume… Frequently people who are physically trained also have an increase in their plasma volume from what you would expect from them just being regular-sized guys.”

Thanks in part to the generosity of Marcus Smart, the NBA, and other players, the search for a cure is on— but we still have to be careful. So now that students are returning from spring break, over which they may or may not have followed social distancing guidelines, let’s throwback to Smart’s March 19th Instagram post:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B97zEjRHHp0/

Susan LaMarca

Written by Susan LaMarca