The American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage – here’s how you can help!
Americans are stepping up to help each other during the coronavirus pandemic. One important way to help others is to give blood. Due to the unprecedented number of blood drive cancellation during the coronavirus outbreak, blood supplies are low. But the need for blood has not decreased.
Healthy individuals are needed to schedule an appointment now to give in the days ahead to help patients counting on lifesaving blood throughout this pandemic. The American Red Cross and others have taken extra precautions to ensure the safety of those who are able to give blood.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
If you are healthy and feeling well, please make an appointment now to donate in the days ahead by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Giving Blood Safely During Coronavirus
The Red Cross Keeps Donor Safety Top-of-Mind
While 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. “Social distancing doesn’t mean social disengagement,” according to the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams. “So, give blood today, you’ll feel good about it,” says Adams.
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the following new measures to ensure blood drives and donation centers are even safer for our donors and staff:
- 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.
Additionally, at each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees already follow these thorough safety protocols to help prevent the spread of any type of infection, including:
- Increasing enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment.
- 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.