El director médico de la Cruz Roja Americana, Dr.. Pampee Young said the organization is in critical need of blood and platelet donations.
American Red Cross said they need about 12,500 blood donations
y 2,700 platelet donations per day for around
2,500 hospitals and other facilities in the United States
Young, quien ha gastado mas de 15 years in the medical field, shared how to safely donate blood during the pandemic.
This conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.
CNN: Why is the need to donate blood so critical right now?
Dr. Pampee Young: We continue to be affected by Covid-19, so roughly 1,000 drives around the country are canceled per month, which impacts 30,000 units of blood collections every month. That pressure and continued impact of Covid-19 is something that we are continuously struggling to deal with and ensure that we collect enough blood for our patients.
Particularly right now, Type O blood is in the most demand. It’s the most requested by our hospitals because they support pediatrics, trauma and the majority of our population.
CNN: What safety measures are in place at blood donation sites?
Young: We have implemented the highest standards of safety and infection control. An example of that are temperature checks for both staff and donors prior to entering a blood drive or donation center. We have abundant hand sanitizer throughout the facility and encourage people to use it throughout the donation process. We social distance whenever possible and donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arrival. This is for us to ensure that we manage the flow of donors and can ensure social distancing.
We are constantly scheduling new blood drives to try to make up for the canceled ones
. The easiest way to sign up is to download the free American Red Cross blood donor app
, visita redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS
CNN: If I’ve had Covid-19, can I donate blood?
Young: sí, you can donate blood, but you have to be fully recovered. We require that all our donors are healthy and feeling well at the time of donation, so that means someone must be at least 14 days outside of their last day of Covid-19 symptoms.
CNN: If I’ve received the vaccine, can I donate blood?
Young: sí, there’s absolutely no deferral period for all the vaccines that are currently approved under the emergency-use authorization. This includes the Pfizer, Moderna and the Johnson & Vacuna Johnson. Además, should AstraZeneca and Novavax be approved, they would also have no waiting period. Some vaccines internationally require a two-week waiting period before you can donate blood, so if you received your vaccine abroad, it’s best to wait a couple of weeks.