Surgeon general urges healthy Americans to donate blood
The U.S. surgeon general is urging healthy Americans to give blood as agencies warn of a possible shortage due to canceled blood drives and collections as the novel coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S.
The Red Cross has estimated that thousands of blood drive cancellations have resulted in more than 150,000 fewer donations.
“Blood centers are open now and in need of your donation,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams said in a press conference at the White House on Thursday.
Adams said that blood donations are “safe,” and that collection centers are taking extra precautions based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including placing donation beds 6 feet apart, and encouraging donors to schedule their appointments ahead of time.
“Social distancing doesn’t mean social disengagement,” Adams said. “So give blood today, you’ll feel …continued .
[Source: Fox News]