American Red Cross Declares a National Blood Crisis

Source: CNN

If you have ever considered donating blood, now is the right time to take action. 

The American Red Cross, which supplies 40% of the blood for the nation, announced earlier this year that we are experiencing the worst blood shortage in more than a decade. As a result, up to a quarter of hospitals’ blood requirements are not being met. Thus, many are having to leave hospitals without their required blood transfusions. The 10% decline in blood donations during the COVID-19 pandemic results from COVID-19 case surges and restrictions. College and high school blood drives, which accounted for 25% of blood donors in 2019, have decreased dramatically due to contact restrictions. 

Doctor Pampee Young, chief medical officer of the American Red Cross, says, “Hospitals are still seeing accident victims, cancer patients, those with blood disorders like sickle cell disease, and individuals who are seriously ill whom all need blood transfusions to live even as Omicron cases surge across the country. We’re doing everything we can to increase blood donations to ensure every patient can receive medical treatments without delay, but we cannot do it without more donors. We need the help of the American people.”

A great way to help during this crisis is getting your blood drawn and donated at a local doctor’s office if you are eligible to do so. Currently, type O blood is in high demand due to its compatibility with other blood types. If you are not eligible to donate, you can also volunteer at a local blood drive. Learn more about the importance of blood donation here

If you are still unsure whether or not you would like to donate blood during this crisis, here are some motivating factors.

“One donation can help save more than one life.” – American Red Cross

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