Red Cross Declares First-Ever Blood Shortage Crisis in US

Source: Common Dreams

“Due to problems tied to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the American Red Cross on Tuesday declared its first-ever national blood shortage crisis, warning that already, ‘doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait.’ The plea for ‘critically needed’ blood and platelet donations comes during National Blood Donor Month and amid a surge in U.S. Covid-19 cases driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant. ‘Every community in America needs blood on a daily basis,’ said Dr. Pampee Young, the Red Cross’ chief medical officer, in a statement. … The organization, which supplies 40% of the nation’s blood, has seen a 10% decline in donors since the beginning of the pandemic, which has also caused blood drive cancellations and staffing challenges.” (01/11/22)