Pandemic has lead to crucial shortage in blood donations
Pandemic quarantines and social distancing have led to fewer blood donations, which could mean big trouble.
things. January National Blood Donor Month. Blood banks nationwide in a precarious position, we have about a two day supply right now. Between the holidays and inclement weather, Winter is typically a tough season, but now it's compounded by the pandemic. We need everyone who can to go out and donate a unit of blood. We know that we're asking a lot because everyone is exhausted, but we need you to just dig deep. That's especially true in some of the hardest hit areas, like Southern California, where the local chapter of Blood Bank, A BB, has had luck reaching out to recently recovered patients asking for Cove in 19 convalescent plasma donations, also known as CCP. We have seen a lot of new donors, but still it is challenging, and we have been needing to import CCP units. Some communities have been able to hold blood drives like this one in Pennsylvania hosted by the Pittsburgh Penguins. But the majority of donations air happening at fixed centers where appointments are staggered, masks required and surfaces clean between donors. I would say that it's safer to go in and donate a unit of blood than it might be to go to the typical course. Restore ah plea to millions of eligible donors. Says the pandemic continues to strain supply. Sarah Doll If NBC News