Canadian Blood Services: donating blood 'continues to be safe' despite COVID-19

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While everyone is rightfully concerned about stopping the spread of coronavirus, one essential service has largely been ignored in the chaos — blood donations.

Canadian Blood Services is concerned by a recent spike in appointment cancellations in several cities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The inventory is currently strong, but the recent increase in cancellations is worrying, particularly in light of the blood shortages already being reported in other countries affected by COVID-19,” Canadian Blood Services says in a release.

They want to emphasize to all Canadians that donating blood during this time is still completely safe.

"All prospective donors are also carefully screened for any symptoms of illness, including very mild ones. This screening occurs during both appointment booking and upon arrival at the donor centre or event,” the organization says.

They have also adopted new measures that took effect March 16.

Those with a case, or suspected case of COVID-19 in their household are barred from donating for 14 days from the date of their last contact with the infected individual. Anyone who was asked to self-quarantine will also not be able to donate for 14 days from the date of their last contact with a case or suspected case of COVID-19.

Those with a confirmed case of COVID-19 must wait 56 days after recovery before donating.

Pandemic or not, the need for blood donation is as pressing as ever, said Canadian Blood Services.

"We urge all healthy eligible donors to book and keep appointments."


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