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COVID 19 has Canadian Blood Services worried about critical shortage


March 16, 2020
By The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA — Canadian Blood Services is seeking to reassure donors that it’s safe to give blood, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Isra Levy of Canadian Blood Services says there has been a jump in appointment cancellations across the country.

He says donations dropped about 20 per cent late last week, and he’s worried.

He says Canada is just a few days away from having a critical blood shortage.

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Levy says it is still safe to donate, since only healthy people are allowed to come into clinics.

He says about 400,000 Canadians donate on a regular basis and, since blood is perishable, it’s essential to have a constant, fresh supply.

Hospitals may be delaying some surgeries, he says, but there is still a demand for blood with trauma cases and cancer patients who require regular transfusions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 16, 2020.

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