With stay-at-home orders in place for many places, The business and Day to day life are feeling the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many number of blood drives were canceled during the first few weeks of the coronavirus outbreak, as colleges and companies shut down. All of the cancelations and closings resulted in a severe need for blood donations.Blood donation is essential for hospitals to be able to take care of those who need it. The demand for blood is constant, even when the world hires this Pandemic disaster.The shortage and need for blood has left many wondering if it’s still safe to donate, despite COVID-19.
Currently there is no data or evidence that the coronavirus can be transmitted by the form of BLOOD donation.
Blood donation agencies are committed to the highest standard of safety and infection control to keep healthy donors more healthy. Even in areas that have been issued stay-at-home or shelter in place orders, you can still leave your home to go donate blood.
How often can you donate Blood?
Blood donation – Once in Every 8 Weeks. Your temperature will be checked thorougly but you will not be tested for COVID-19 when you donate blood. With many people what to do or how to help, Donating Blood is a great contribution. People still have cancer and need blood. Car accidents are still happening. People still need blood for reasons that don’t have anything to do with the coronavirus.
Blood Donors Measures...
❖ Only blood donors are allowed to enter the donation area.
❖ No children or accompanying person should be allowed to enter the donation site during this pandemic.
❖ Blood donors should be checked upon arrival to confirm that they do not have any fever like symptoms.
❖ If donors have any symptoms of fever, cough, cold, they will not be able to donate blood.
❖ Donor must wear face masks and protective gloves when they arrive at the donation site.
❖ Each donor is directed to wash or Sanitize their hand before entering the Donation premises.
❖ Strict restrictions will be enforced to limit the number of people attending the blood donation area at same time.
❖ A distance of at least three metre should be kept from other donors attending the donation area.
❖ Blood Center staff should stay at home if they have any fever like symptoms.
❖ It is essential that only healthy people continue to donate blood.