Coronoavirus

Q: Is it safe to donate blood during the COVID-19 pandemic?

A: Healthy people can and should continue to donate blood, Victoria Fire Chief Tracy Fox said at a news briefing Monday. Both the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center and the American Red Cross have said that healthy people may continue to donate blood, Fox said. Blood banks throughout the country are screening prospective donors to ensure they are healthy and able to donate blood.

“There was already a crisis and shortage before this event and it will only get worse as this event goes on,” Fox said.

Admiral Dr. Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has assured Americans that healthy individuals can donate blood.

“It is safe to donate blood,” Giroir said in a statement. “Part of preparedness includes a robust blood supply. Healthy individuals should schedule an appointment to donate today to ensure that blood is available for those patients who need it.”

Ciara McCarthy covers public health for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can reach her at cmccarthy@vicad.com or at 580-6597 or on Twitter at @mccarthy_ciara. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to VictoriaAdvocate.com/report.

You must be logged in to react.
Click any reaction to login.
0
0
0
0
0

Health Reporter

Ciara McCarthy covers public health for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. She reports on insurance, the cost of health care, local hospitals, and more. Questions, tips, or ideas? Contact: cmccarthy@vicad.com or call 361-580-6597.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Transparency. Your full name is required.
Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. And receive photos, videos of what you see.
Don’t be a troll. Don’t be a troll. Don’t post inflammatory or off-topic messages, or personal attacks.

Thank you for reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.

To subscribe, click here. Already a subscriber? Click here.