The <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>American Red Cross</a> is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Red Cross is encouraging individuals to keep scheduled blood, platelet or AB Elite plasma donation appointments and to make new donation appointments for the weeks ahead. Keeping scheduled appointments and creating new ones will ensure that the supply is stable throughout the pandemic.

<p>“I just want blood donations to stay at the top of minds,” said Ronnika McFall, the American Red Cross’ external communications manager. “So, if you have recently given, that’s okay you can donate every 56 days. If you haven’t donated yet, or you’re getting ready to make an appointment, think about the weeks ahead, maybe you can make an appointment for later on in April or early May. All I want is for you to keep that on top of mind because we don’t know what’s going to happen with the coronavirus, but we do know blood is essential and blood helps saves lives so we need our volunteers to help us do that.”</p>

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