Need for Blood Donors to Continue for Weeks

| March 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am

By Bob Shepard

The nation’s blood supply issues are not going to end until the lifestyle changes brought upon Americans from the coronavirus end. While authorities are rightly urging people to stay home, the need for blood is significant. The University of Alabama at Birmingham and local blood collection agencies, along with the U.S. surgeon general, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are urging people who are healthy to donate blood, while maintaining safe social distancing.

“The response from the community to our blood appeal has been amazing – thank you for your patience and perseverance,” said Marisa Marques, M.D., medical director of Transfusion Services at UAB. “The need for blood will continue throughout the disruption caused by the novel coronavirus. We will need blood donations next week, the week after and every week that our normal lives are affected by this epidemic. Encourage your friends and family who are healthy to donate to avoid dangerous shortages in the weeks to come.”

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