The United States reaches critical blood shortages as blood banks nationwide urge donations to compensate for the low supply.
The American Association of Blood Banks’ Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Claudia Cohn, who’s been working in blood banks for over 15 years says she’s never seen the U.S. supply this low. “This is the worst shortage I’ve experienced since I’ve been in this line of work.” The association’s Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism says the United States’ blood supply has dropped to “red” level, meaning most of the nation’s blood bank inventories have less than a one-day supply.
Donations are drastically needed. Most blood bank facilities say that they consider themselves prepared when the nation’s supply reaches low levels of a three day supply. Committees and associations across the United States are calling this the worst it’s been since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Taylor Avery of USA Today reports on this, “The task force, made up of U.S. blood services, associations and commercial entities and government liaisons, said this is the first time its lowest supply designation has been reached since the nationwide shutdown in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.”