Here’s one way to roll up your sleeve and make a difference during this pandemic Giving Tuesday.
America is facing a critical blood supply shortage this winter, largely thanks to COVID-19-related closures canceling blood drives, as well as the wildfires in the West and hurricanes and severe storms in the south further disrupting donations.
The AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks), America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross recently issued a joint statement warning that the country’s blood centers have reported “significant declines” in collections this year.
Someone in this country needs a blood transfusion every two seconds, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While the spiking number of COVID cases and hospitalizations across the country has dominated headlines this year, that doesn’t mean that all other medical emergencies have stopped. People are still undergoing surgeries and organ transplants, for example, which require blood supplies.