The American Red Cross is facing its worst blood shortage in more than a decade.
The relief organization says, “This poses a serious risk to patient care as doctors are forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions. Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent delays in vital medical treatment.T
“The shortage is being caused by:
- 10% overall blood donation decline since March 2020
- 62% drop in college and high school blood drives due to the pandemic
- On-going blood drive cancellations due to illness, staff shortages, and weather
- Surge of Covid cases and active flu”
There is no upper age limit for blood donations but you do have to be in good health. Go to redcrossblood.org to find out if you are eligible and to find a donation drive nearby.