American Red Cross needs blood donations

As Coronavirus fears sweep the nation, hospitals and other medical facilities are taking steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but the scare has left the country with a blood shortage.

The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage due to blood drive cancellations because of coronavirus fears.

Many people are afraid of going into crowded spaces right now which is often where blood drives are held.

The American Red Cross has to collect 13,000 units of blood every day, seven days a week in order to meet the demands of the hospitals they serve. Right now, they are struggling to keep up with those needs. John McFarland with the Southeast Mississippi Chapter of the Red Cross said, “One thing people are trying to avoid is being around lots of people. A good blood drive is going to attract lots of people. So, they are a little afraid of that. I think people have gotten the message that COVID-19 is not transmitted through blood, so the blood itself is not affected. It is just being around a lot of people. So turnout at blood drives is down, but also a lot of sponsors that host blood drives at their place of business are cancelling or postponing.”

The Red Cross will be hosting a small blood drive tomorrow at their Gulfport location on East Pass Road from 10:30 to 3:30. Everyone is encouraged to attend and donate.

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