Can Someone be a Donor if they’ve had COVID-19?
This is one of the most frequent questions we’ve received since the pandemic began. The answer depends on the scenario.
If the person has an active COVID-19 infection – no.
If someone has the active virus – or dies from it – they cannot donate. With no existing treatment or cure, active COVID-19 excludes someone from becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor.
If the person recovered from COVID-19 – maybe.
If someone recovered from COVID-19, then passed away from something unrelated to COVID-19, then donation is possible. The current guidance is:
- 28 days must have passed since recovering from COVID-19;
- Had two negative COVID-19 tests; and
- Resolution of symptoms.
From a high level, COVID-19 is no different than any other disease or illness in that we will evaluate all potential donors at the time of death to ensure no illness or disease is passed from a donor to a recipient. LifeSource aligns with the transplant associations to ensure we are reviewing each donation against current acceptable practices.
If you support organ, eye and tissue donation, everyone should register as a donor now and let the medical professionals determine eligibility at the time of your passing. Even if you have a medical condition, it is likely you can donate your organs, eyes or tissues after your death.
Thousands of people across the country continue to need life-saving transplants. Organs from deceased donors represent a time-limited, life-saving opportunity for these individuals. That is why we remain committed to fulfilling donation decisions whenever possible during the pandemic.
You can learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting organ, eye and tissue donation here.