The Red Cross Is In Urgent Need of Blood Donations

Article Link: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/620556/red-cross-urgent-need-blood-donations

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Globally, there’s been no limit to the level of disruption caused by the spread of coronavirus, from shuttered businesses to restricted air travel. While these interruptions can cause financial harm, there can be immediate health consequences as a result of limiting one activity in particular—blood drives. The Red Cross has seen roughly 1500 blood drives canceled due to concern over gatherings and the risk of transmission of the viral illness. That’s created a deficit of 16,000 donations nationally. If this continues, the Red Cross has cautioned that a serious blood shortage might occur.