Red Cross Needs Donations, Blood Drives Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

March 17, 2020

The Red Cross is making a public announcement that its organization needs blood due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After having to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross is in need more than ever.

"The cancellations are really adding up," Gail McGovern, president, and chief executive officer, American Red Cross, said. "In normal times, we have 13,000 people a day donating blood, and we rely on all these daily donations to keep the blood supply going. We're trying to avoid a crisis here."

Good Morning America reported that nearly 1,500 American Red Cross blood drives had been canceled across the United States due to the COVID-19 crisis. This is resulting in 46,000 fewer donations, which is making officials worried that blood supply could be at risk.

A spokesperson for the Red Cross said this is very troubling as our nations expect the number to grow with coronavirus cases. The organization also explained how this situation is making it difficult to sustain the blood supply for patients in need.

Due to this crisis, the organization put in place several safety measures to protect donors from exposure to the deadly virus. This includes checking temperatures of staff and donors before entering the facility. Employees also are spacing beds to practice social distancing and to make sure everywhere is clean. This includes disinfecting surfaces and equipment.

The American Red Cross explained in a statement there is "no data to suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by blood transfusion," and there "have been no reported cases of transfusion transmission for any respiratory virus including this coronavirus worldwide."

If you would like to donate blood, you can head to the American Red Cross website.

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