US surgeon general warns of blood shortages

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams is asking healthy Americans to give blood.

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 11:43 AM

KHSL - US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams is asking healthy Americans to give blood.

"You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement," Adams said on NBC.

The response to the coronavirus has severely impacted the U.S. blood supply. With school closures and workers at home, 25% of the Vitalant blood centers collections expected for March disappeared, almost overnight.

Through the end of June, Vitalant has had more than 1,400 blood drives canceled. That’s equal to 41,000 uncollected blood donations.

So, healthy donors are being asked to schedule an appointment at their centers in Chico, Redding, and Yuba City. For more details on Vitalant, Click Here

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