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As the coronavirus pandemic rolls on through 2020, healthcare workers continue to treat the same diseases they faced before COVID-19.
Only now, with more people wary of venturing outside their homes, the blood supply crucial to so many medical treatments has taken a hit.
Donor centers saw a dramatic reduction in blood donations this year, in part because of stay-home orders, in part because community buildings closed to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Since March, Versiti Blood Center of Illinois has had to cancel over 4,500 blood drives due to COVID closures of businesses, schools and community locations, this totals over 100,000 planned units of blood cancelled. The need for donors stays constant and new blood drive sites and hosts are urgently needed.
October is typically a month packed with high school and college blood drives. This year, of course, is different with remote learning and no big school drives.
But the need for blood remains.
One person’s donation could save three lives in the hospital. Three teaspoons of blood could save a baby’s life.
Donating blood also has some benefits for the donor, such as a mini check-up before you give, including having your blood pressure and pulse taken. If there’s a problem with your blood, you’ll find out, which could alert you to potential health problems.
Your chance to donate and make a difference in other people’s lives is coming soon.
Edward-Elmhurst Health will sponsor a Versiti blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. in Napervillle. Sign up for a donation time slot.
Versiti will include a Sars-coV-2 antibody test as part of its standard testing on every blood donation. The presence of antibodies does not mean the donor is presently infected but indicates a prior COVID-19 infection.
People with antibodies may be eligible to donate convalescent plasma, a special type of donation used to treat sick patients fighting COVID-19.
Versiti has instituted precautions to ensure the blood donation process is safe, including:
Your donation could make the difference between life and death for someone else. Donating blood is one of the easiest, most rewarding ways to give back in a time of need.
Learn more about the Oct. 25 blood drive.
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