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Urgent Need for Blood Donations

10/02/2020 9:58 AM | Anonymous

Blood Drives were already being canceled in unprecedented numbers during this pandemic and now recent disasters have compounded ongoing challenges to maintaining a sufficient supply of blood products for hospital patients in need of life-saving transfusions. To help restock hospital shelves, the Red Cross urges eligible individuals unaffected by these disasters to give blood, platelets or plasma for patients in need.

In addition, the Red Cross is urging COVID-19 survivors to give their plasma to help patients battling coronavirus. With only 2% of the U.S. population testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies, there are a limited number of individuals who may be eligible to give convalescent plasma. Although the efficacy of the treatment is still being studied, Glinda Miller of Canton, Ohio is convinced that a transfusion helped her to beat COVID. Unable to breathe or talk to her family by phone, she received plasma and “By Saturday, I could already breathe easier and by Sunday I was off the oxygen. I went home on Monday.”

Think about scheduling an appointment to donate by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

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