Until now, no one knew that Brate had contracted the virus, but the experience affected him enough that he shot a video asking fellow COVID-19 survivors to donate plasma.
“The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect on our population and it continues to impact nearly every aspect of our lives. But there’s an important way you may be able to help friends, family and our community as we battle this disease by donating plasma. If you were diagnosed with COVID-19 or tested positive with antibodies and fully recovered and are symptom free for at least two weeks, please consider visiting a local donor center. Simply go to Oneblood.org to find a convenient location, book an appointment or learn more. We’re all in this together and your donation can make a difference in someone’s life.”
COVID-19 antibodies, which are present in the plasma of people who tested positive for COVID-19, are one of the treatment methods being investigated by the FDA. Antibodies help people who are sick fight the infection, and antibodies from those who have recovered could do the same thing for people who are seriously ill from the virus.
Brate didn’t discuss when he had COVID-19, where he caught it, his symptoms or the severity. While he was working out with Brady and other teammates this spring, even after the NFLPA asked players to stop organizing their own in-person workouts with teammates, there’s no indication that he caught it from or gave it to any of them, or was working out with them while he was infected.
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