Pandemic collateral damage: blood banks are depleted

Pandemic collateral damage: blood banks are depleted
Pandemic collateral damage: blood banks are depleted
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As the pandemic continues to spread across the United States … Blood banks are facing unprecedented blood withdrawals and may soon face blood shortages. And it would be fatal for millions of other patients and it is unlikely that this problem will affect only the United States.

In the United States alone, about 4.5 million Americans will need blood transfusions each year. However, only 37 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood and less than 10 percent do.

Blood transfusion is used in a number of life-saving procedures, from women suffering from complications of pregnancy to cancer patients and victims of a car accident.

Meanwhile, nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood tests have been canceled nationwide over coronavirus fears, resulting in 86,000 fewer donations.

The organization believes that the number of canceled operations will continue to increase and may affect patients who need life-saving blood transfusions.

Now blood banks across the country are asking healthy people to donate blood.

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