Red Cross Seeking Plasma Donations from Recovered COVID-19 Patients

Red Cross Seeking Plasma Donations from Recovered COVID-19 Patients

In coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from the new coronavirus to sign up to donate plasma to current COVID-19 patients. Anyone who has had COVID-19, has recovered and has not had symptoms for 14 days is a potential donor.

People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. This plasma is called “convalescent plasma.” This plasma contains antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that can help fight the infection. Convalescent plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections, or those judged by a healthcare provider to be at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening disease, particularly for those who are immunocompromised.

Click here to learn more about the Red Cross Convalescent Plasma Donation Program and to share the link with those who may wish to donate.

Cyber Tips to Safeguard Our Hospital System from Malicious Attacks

Cyber Tips to Safeguard Our Hospital System from Malicious Attacks

As shared in April’s cyber tip, one of the biggest threats for many organizations are cyber threat actors — or criminal states, groups or individuals with malicious intent to steal data or valuable assets for financial gain.

These criminals often impersonate trusted entities. They thrive on exploiting vulnerabilities, which is especially evident during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, Beaumont Health in Detroit announced that they were the victim of a malicious phishing attack.

They found that the personal information of 112,000 people treated at Beaumont Health was potentially compromised in a phishing email data breach that dates back nearly a year. Read the full article.

Additionally, Fresenius, Europe’s largest private hospital operator, has confirmed a ransomware attack that has caused a disruption and limited some operations.

Cleveland Clinic’s Cybersecurity team is continuously thwarting criminal attempts to access our network, especially now, during the pandemic. We are all accountable to protect our organization from cyber criminals and we have many tips for staying cyber safe available on our Cybersecurity page to help you stay vigilant (please visit the ITD home page on the intranet to view).

If you suspect a suspicious email, please use the Blue Fish button to report it. Send to [email protected] if you don't have the Blue Fish button or are on a mobile device.