Coronavirus not transmitted through Blood Transfusion
Blood Donors are encouraged to Donate
As concern surrounding the impact of coronavirus increases, LifeSouth ensures the community and blood donors that it is safe to donate blood and encourages blood donation to maintain a necessary blood supply.
A sharp decline in donations is already being felt due to worry about the virus, although individuals are not at risk of contracting the coronavirus through the blood donation process, and LifeSouth assures they are taking every precaution to minimize the risk to blood donors. Blood donors are needed every day, and anyone who is in good health is encouraged to donate.
“Respiratory viruses, like COVID-19, are not known to be transmitted by blood transfusion and no cases of transfusion-transmitted coronaviruses have been reported,” said Dr. Chris Lough, vice president of medical services for LifeSouth. “The most significant risk to the blood supply posed by COVID-19 is a lack of availability due to a decrease in donations.”
Hospitals have begun to voice concern due to a strained blood supply. Donating blood ensures the community blood supply remains stable as the virus spreads, travel bans increase, and the ongoing impact of the current flu season affects the number of donors able to give.
Donating Blood should be safe during Coronavirus pandemic
LifeSouth along with the AABB and America’s Blood Centers, urges businesses, schools, churches, and community organizations to continue to hold blood drives and encourage blood donation.
To find a blood drive near you visit lifesouth.org or call 888-795-2707.
LifeSouth is a non-profit community blood bank serving more than 100 hospitals in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. LifeSouth is committed to meeting the blood supply needs of hospitals and their patients by providing the highest quality blood components and services.
With 27 donor centers, 45 bloodmobiles and 2,000 blood drives a month, the LifeSouth team is dedicated to making sure the blood is there when a patient is in need.