The actor, known for his role as a chemistry teacher and Lord Crystal Walter White, took to Instagram to share the news that he was “one of the lucky ones” to survive the virus.
“Hello. About now you must feel a little attached, limiting your mobility and like me, you’re tired of it !!” he wrote. “Well, I just want to encourage you to have a little more patience. I was pretty strict about following protocols and yet … I infected the virus. Yes. It sounds daunting now that over 150,000 Americans are dead because of it. I was one of the lucky ones. .
“Mild symptoms. The number of my blessings and I urge you to continue wearing the damn mask, to continue washing your hands and to stay socially distant. We can prevail ̵
The center’s website states: “You may have antibodies in your plasma that attack the virus. Your donated plasma can be used for compassionate treatment or as part of a scientific trial to determine definitively whether that treatment works. It can also be used to support research efforts such as testing for immunity to the virus. “
Donors must be either tested positive for the condition or for the presence of antibodies, and must be fully reimbursed – the website states that the center only accepts donations “after you have been completely asymptomatic for at least 14 days”.
On a ticker tape through the video, Cranston said, “I was sick with nettles quite early. My symptoms were a slight headache, chest tightness, and I lost taste and smell!”
The footage, which has been viewed nearly 270,000 times, shows Cranston before entering the facility, as he was prepared in advance and during the process.
Introducing the health worker who accepts the donation as Ron, he laughs and says, “I noticed that Ron was a little nervous this morning, a little shaken – what’s your goal, Ron?”
Ron explains the process by saying that blood is taken and then separated by centrifugation. Plasma is extracted and collected, then platelets and red blood cells are returned to the donor.
In a text posted in the video, Cranston wrote, “The whole process took about an hour, thank God for the old movies.”
Viewers can then see that the actor watched “Face in the Crowd”, a 1957 drama starring Andy Griffith.
When the bags of collected plasma are shown, Cranston says, “Beautiful … liquid gold.”
Finally, he signed the tape with a ticker: “Today they collected 840ml! I will definitely come back and give more.”
He then asks, “Did you have Covid-19? This is something you can do,” before adding a link to his post.