Massive blood supply shortages could be sweeping the nation and the globe in the coming weeks as demand increases and supply dramatically drops off. While the current level of inventory is still sufficient to cover immediate demand, new donations have decreased markedly which is worrying some experts.
According to the Canadian Blood Services, people are just afraid to come out and donate blood. They are afraid of contracting or spreading the virus. Many blood services organizations are trying to get the message out that blood donation facilities have extremely robust cleaning procedures in place and that all prospective donors are carefully screened for any symptoms of the illness.
Here’s what some people are saying about it:
Mass cancellations are having a serious impact on the blood supply.
We now face a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this #coronavirus outbreak. Make an appointment to help patients counting on lifesaving blood: https://t.co/lQdFEVrctc pic.twitter.com/rnUpJF1vq4— American Red Cross (@RedCross) March 17, 2020
US Surgeon General states that Red Cross is facing a severe shortage.
The US surgeon general calls on healthy Americans to donate blood. The Red Cross is facing a “severe” shortage due to blood drive cancellations in response to coronavirus. https://t.co/7txduHZXNG pic.twitter.com/89veNEwNx1— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) March 18, 2020
Politicians are stepping up to give blood amid shortages.
Social distancing saves lives, and so does giving blood. You can do both.— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) March 18, 2020
There is a severe blood shortage nationwide, and you can donate blood while also preventing the spread of #COVID19. If you’re healthy and able, please consider donating because we're #InItTogether pic.twitter.com/HPjUEo7UAY
First lady, Melania Trump, is urging Americans to donate blood to help stem shortage.
First lady Melania Trump is urging Americans to consider donating blood after the American Red Cross said it's facing a "severe blood shortage" as blood drives across the U.S. are canceled amid coronavirus concerns. https://t.co/yIgVSatGJu pic.twitter.com/M1x1VNECR1— ABC News (@ABC) March 18, 2020