Blood Shortage Due To COVID-19 Pandemic: The Red Cross in Need of Donors

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ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — At the start of the pandemic in March the American Red Cross had to cancel 85% of their blood drives. Fortunately, 2 days later they were back up to speed. The drives were relocated to available school gyms and with a number of new safety protocols in place.

Kristin Crandall, Account Manager, The American Red Cross
“When you come into a blood drive immediately their temperature is taken they’re handed a face mask if you do not have one you’re asked to sanitize your hands and we put all of these procedures in place because so again when people walk in they feel comfortable with donating.” – Kristin Crandall, Account Manager, The American Red Cross

Before you donate, make sure that you’re feeling well, hydrated with a good night’s rest from the night before.

“If you do these really small simple steps, you’re going to feel great after your donation. If anything, you’re going to very confident that you are a hero you are helping in this pandemic because you just saved three people’s lives by your actions.” – Kristin Crandall, Account Manager, The American Red Cross

A common misconception is that you have to be tested for COVID-19 before giving blood, and this is not true. In fact, if you did test positive and recovered, then you’re encouraged to donate convalescent plasma, which are antibodies taken from the blood of a person who survived an illness. In this cases, COVID-19.

“Go ahead and donate because it makes a huge difference we have the 170 locations throughout the country to help meet the emergency need i’ll convalescent plasma so donation locations that you can go to.” – Kristin Crandall, Account Manager, The American Red Cross

To find a blood drive near you visit redcross.org and type in your zip code, or you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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