Keep the blood supply strong with a donation

COVID-19 has become a danger to a significant number of people who will never contract the disease. They are those suffering from illnesses or injuries that require them to receive blood transfusions.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross, already impacted by cold and flu season, needs people who are feeling well to give blood or platelets to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages as concerns about the outbreak of COVID-19 rise.

“As communities across the country prepare for this public health emergency, it’s critical that plans include a readily available blood supply for hospital patients,” said Chris Hrouda, president of Red Cross Blood Services.

If you are able to give blood and meet Red Cross guidelines, we encourage you to donate during an upcoming blood drive.

For more information, look for a list of blood collections scheduled in our area in today’s edition, or go to www.redcrossblood.org and watch for weekly listings of bloodmobiles in the Sun-Gazette’s Health section that is published on Sundays.

Concern about the coronavirus is serious enough without having to worry about the side-effect of a low blood supply. That should not be permitted to jeopardize those who need the blood collected by the Red Cross.