National Blood Donor month was officially proclaimed by President Richard Nixon in January of 1970 with the intention to honor generous donors as well as motivate more people to donate their blood. Since then, the American Red Cross has organized a month-long observance every January to bring awareness to just how much blood donations can help save the lives of countless Americans.
Someone needs blood (in the U.S. alone) every 2 seconds
The entire process takes less than 60 minutes and most of that time is spent on registration or snacks afterwards. Donating alone takes approximately only 10 minutes.
One single blood donation can save the lives of 3 people
One of those lives is Judah, who at age 3, underwent 47 blood transfusions in a matter of 21 days. He, among others, are thankfully still alive and healthy to this day because of blood donors, so just imagine the impact you could have on someone’s life. To check out some more inspiring stories, click here.
Needless to say, now more than ever, it is important to get involved within your local communities and support public health initiatives whenever you can. However, since COVID has caused some major hesitations for potential donors in terms of donation safety, the American Red Cross has released the following message for eligible donors who may be concerned about exposure to COVID:
“The top priority of the Red Cross is the safety of our donors, volunteers, employees and blood recipients and we are committed to transparency with the American public during this evolving public health emergency. There is no data or evidence that this coronavirus can be transmissible by blood transfusion and there have been no reported cases worldwide of transmissions for any respiratory virus including this coronavirus.”
Their webpage details the current protocols being taken to ensure the utmost safety for donors and healthcare workers alike, such as the use of protective gear, disinfectant products as well as enforced social distance regulations. For the full report, be sure to visit their page directly by clicking here.
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