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From Children’s National Hospital:
“Even as coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across the United States and globally, the need for blood donations remains. Blood drives and blood donor appointments are being cancelled at a high rate due to the effect of people staying home and social distancing. The lack of blood donations will cause the nation’s blood supply to decrease.
Blood donation is safe. The blood collectors check the health of all donors before they are allowed to donate. Individuals are not at risk of contracting COVID-19 through the blood donation process or via a blood transfusion, since respiratory viruses are generally not known to be transmitted by donation or transfusion.
Please consider donating blood to your local blood donor center. Children’s National Hospital has its own Blood Donor Center and appointments can be made here.“