Red Cross Seeking Blood Donors Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Mar 16, 2020

The American Red Cross is strongly urging healthy, eligible donors who are feeling well to give blood now. Ronnika McFall is a spokesperson for the agency.

The need for blood is constant and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need. If you really want to do something to make an impact, this is the time.”

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The organization says Blood donors with type O blood and platelet donors are especially needed right now. The agency has implemented additional measures in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and says the process is safe for donors.

“Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood." McFall said. "At each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees follow thorough safety protocols for every donation. The Red Cross continues to evaluate all emerging risks in collaborating with the FDA, the CDC and industry partners to determine if additional intervention strategies are needed.”

The agency has implemented additional measures in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Including a 28-waiting period for those who have traveled outside U.S.  or come into contact with a COVID-19 patient

Those who are unable to donate can still help by hosting a blood drive.

“This is actually perfect timing to host a blood drive, please visit RedCrossblood.org/host a drive and a representative will contact you.”

To give, use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.