Gab Valenciano encouraged those who recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma.
In an Instagram post, Gab revealed that he is a COVID survivor himself and he has partnered with Red Cross to raise awareness about plasma donation.
"YOUR PLASMA CAN SAVE LIVES. Last November, I tested positive for COVID-19 and chose to keep it strictly between family and friends for very personal reasons. It wasn’t severe in any way and I fully recovered by following all protocols and by the full support of my loved ones, even from afar. I never planned to post about it till today because right now, WE NEED HEROES," he wrote on his Instagram page.
Gab explained that those who survived COVID develop antibodies in their blood plasma.
"There is another way we can fight this virus; CONVALESCENT PLASMA DONATION. Plasma isn’t artificially created from a lab or by doctors, it is naturally created by YOU. Plasma is the liquid part of your blood which contains antibodies that keep your body working well and helps fight off deadly diseases. In this case, COVID-19," he said.
The performer continued, "Once you contract the virus and recover from it, you now have antibodies in your blood which gives you the opportunity to be a hero and save lives. The plasma is infused into the bloodstream of a patient who is in critical condition to help them fight the virus and recover."
Gab shared that he has been spearheading raising awareness about blood plasma donation alongside Red Cross.
"As a mental health ambassador for Red Cross Youth, I partnered with them to raise awareness about convalescent plasma donation. People need to know about this. We can talk about death and recovery numbers and percentages all we want, but a life is a life. If we can save one, we’ve already won," he said.