We reported earlier today how Hungarian swimmers such as Boglarka Kapas and Liliana Szilagyi are making their return to the swimming pool as the nation slowly opens back up amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
For 27-year-old Kapas, news of the world champion’s coming back to pool training holds extra significance, as she was among the approximate 15 swimmers or coaches affiliated with the Hungarian national team who tested positive, though she never showed any symptoms.
Kapas tested negative for the coronavirus 2 weeks ago following a 14-day period of isolation and is thus a good candidate to donate plasma to those in need.
Per the American Red Cross, people who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. This 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.
According to Hungarian news source Index, Kapas, Dominik Kozma, Richard Bohus, and David Horvath are among those set to give plasma at the University of Physical Education in Budapest this week. The facility is in cooperation with Semmelweis University and the Virology Research Group of the University of Pecs and OrthoSera Kft. developing plasma therapy.
You can read more about the plasma program in Hungary here.