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  • 03/26/2020 3:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    03/20/2020 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    Public health experts encourage people experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 — fever, cough and shortness of breath — to call their health care provider before seeking care in person or going to the emergency room or urgent care.  Calling your health care provider first helps avoid spreading germs to others. Telehealth, including virtual visits and video check-ins, are a way to deter the virus from spreading in health care settings — especially to high-risk individuals such as older adults and people with underlying health conditions.  More testing facilities are becoming available but do require an order from your doctor to get the test. 

    To prevent the spread of this illness or other illnesses, including the flu:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water,
    • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze,
    • Stay home if you are sick or have any flu symptoms
    • Call your doctor if you think you're ill.
    • Contact your health care provider before visiting the emergency room, urgent care, or your doctor’s office
    If you think you may have been exposed and you have COVID-19 symptoms-fever, cough, and shortness of breath-contact your health care provider.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.   

    Call 911 if you develop warning signs of a serious health threat including:

    • difficulty breathing
    • persistent pain in the chest
    • confusion
    • blueness of lips and/or face

     Visit The Centers for Disease Control website for information on the Coronavirus.  Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases at CDC, describes preventative measures to help protect older adults from COVID-19 in this  video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjcoN9Aek24

    Also check out National Foundation of Infectious Diseases common questions and answers about COVID-19 for Older Adults and People with Chronic Health Conditions


  • 03/26/2020 2:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    03/20/2020 11:35 AM | Anonymous

    Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Now more than ever healthy Red Cross retirees, their family and friends are needed to roll up a sleeve and give to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Finding a nearby blood drive or donation center simply requires submitting your zip code here.

    Growing Pandemic Results in Fewer Blood Donations

    As the coronavirus pandemic has grown in the U.S., blood drive cancellations have increased at an alarming rate. To date, nearly, 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to concerns about congregating at workplaces, college campuses and schools. These cancellations have resulted in some 86,000 fewer blood donations. More than 80% of the blood the Red Cross collects comes from drives held at these locations.

    The Red Cross expects the number of cancellations to continue to rise, which is causing heightened concern for blood collection organizations and hospitals across the country. This blood shortage could impact patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer.

    Safety Measures for Blood Donors and Staff

    While we know that coronavirus has caused concerns about whether it’s safe to go to blood drives and donation centers, the Red Cross has implemented thorough safety protocols to make the blood donation process even safer.

    The Red Cross has implemented new measures to ensure blood drives and donation centers are even safer for our donors and staff, including:

    • Checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they are healthy.
    • Providing hand sanitizer for use before the drive, as well as throughout the donation process.
    • Spacing beds, where possible, to follow social distancing practices between blood donors.
    • Increasing enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment.

    At each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees already follow thorough safety protocols to help prevent the spread of any type of infection, including:

    • Wearing and changing gloves with each donor
    • Routinely wiping down donor-touched areas
    • Using sterile collection sets for every donation
    • Preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub

    There is no data or evidence that this coronavirus can be transmitted by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases of transfusion transmission for any respiratory virus including this coronavirus worldwide

    Submit your zip code here,   to find a nearby blood drive or donation center near you.  And bring a friend.


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