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What you need to know about COVID-19 and blood donation.
If you’ve made the decision to give the gift of life by donating blood, please make sure you
meet the basic donor criteria, and that you eat something within three hours before visiting us.
See the below FAQs on more information about COVID-19 and blood donation. See you soon!
Q: Can you contract the coronavirus through a blood transfusion?
A: There is no evidence that the coronavirus or any other respiratory viruses are transmitted by blood transfusions.
Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, the Red Cross is using a robust health screening process for blood donors
in the U.S., which consists of a temperature check, blood pressure evaluation, hemoglobin level test and a series of
questions designed to ensure that a donor is healthy enough to donate. If a donor develops any symptoms of illness
within the days following donation, donations are immediately quarantined and not used for transfusion. It’s important
to emphasize that there is no data or evidence that this coronavirus can be transmitted by blood transfusion, and there
have been no reported cases of transfusion transmission for any respiratory virus including this coronavirus worldwide.
Q: Is the Red Cross deferring donors who have traveled to China or other countries
that have local cases of the coronavirus?
A: While there have been no reported cases worldwide of any respiratory virus being transmitted through a blood
transfusion, including COVID-19, the Red Cross has implemented new blood donation deferrals out of an abundance
of caution. We ask that individuals postpone their donation for 28 days following:
Travel to China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Iran, Italy and South Korea.
Diagnosis of COVID-19, contact with a person who has or is suspected to have the coronavirus.
Q: Why is it a 28-day deferral when the coronavirus quarantine typically lasts 14 days?
A: To ensure the safety of the blood supply, as well as our staff and donors, the deferral period often doubles the
incubation period out of an abundance of caution. This 28-day deferral period for COVID-19 aligns with recommendations
from AABB’s Transfusion Transmitted Disease Committee and FDA considerations.
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Download the American Red Cross Blood Program leaflet for more information.
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