Blood Shortage Emerging from COVID-19

May 27, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified May 28, 2020

With Americans under stay-at-home orders, blood donations have plummeted and concerns about a national blood shortage are looming. The New York Blood Center warned in a bulletin that its “blood supply is dangerously low.” In addition to sudden surges in the medical system’s need for blood, the blood drives that suppliers traditionally rely on to fuel inventory aren’t happening due to lockdowns.

Centers with a blood supply of 3 or more days have enough blood to meet normal operating demands, while those with a day or less of blood need donations as soon as possible, according to America’s Blood Centers (ABC). While some healthcare workers are concerned about critically low shortages at specific facilities, the medical community is not yet panicking. “Blood use is down right now,” an American College of Surgeons spokesperson wrote in an email, “and we are not hearing any concerns about short supply from surgeons.” 

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