Blood Donation Saves Lives
The American Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood donations, especially during the pandemic. Right now, people are following public health guidance to keep their families safe – and that includes contributing to a readily available blood supply for hospitals. Blood products are perishable, and the only source of life-saving blood is volunteer blood donors. MaineHealth greatly appreciates the generosity of the public to help stock hospital shelves for patients in need.
Working together, we will get through this.
Healthy individuals can still donate in areas that have issued shelter in place declarations. The Red Cross is working closely with national and local officials, and recommends people leave home only for necessities—be they health care, groceries, or blood donation.
In fact, the U.S. surgeon general has said, “(Y)ou can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration have also issued statements encouraging blood donation for those who are well.
During a crisis, we see the best of humanity when people step up and help their neighbors. Amid this coronavirus emergency, we are asking individuals to take this responsibility seriously by practicing social distancing and donating blood. These two activities—which are not mutually exclusive—will go a long way in keeping community members healthy by slowing the spread of the virus and by ensuring that patients across the country receive lifesaving blood.
With blood drive cancellations continuing at an alarming rate due to coronavirus concerns, one of the most important things people can do to ensure we don’t have another health care crisis on top of the coronavirus is to give blood.
That’s why we are urging healthy, eligible individuals to schedule a blood or platelet donation appointment at RedCrossBlood.org today to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Without continued blood and platelet donations, patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer could be impacted.