Vitalant blood donation focuses in the Sacramento district have seen a drop in donations due to novel coronavirus concerns.
As indicated by medical director Jonathan Hughes, the nonprofit has lost 500 blood, plasma and platelet donations in the previous barely any weeks directly identified with COVID-19.
“So you think about that: 500 patients could be potentially impacted just due to this COVID-19,” Hughes said. “We’re already coming off of cold and flu, which is already hard to have donors come in at that same time.”
Donations have dropped after five blood drives were canceled and because individuals are afraid to associate with others.
“Individuals are often staying home or not wanting to go in those public spaces,” Hughes said. “But, we know the need for blood continues to stay the same.”
Hughes said their blood donation focuses have precautionary measures set up to keep donors, patients, and staff safe. One example is currently when individuals walk into a center, they are met with a notification that says on the off chance that they have recently traveled to a high-hazard nation battling the coronavirus, similar to China, South Korea, and Italy, or on the off chance that they have recently been in contact with a contaminated individual, that they can not donate blood.
“Staff wear gloves. We disinfect the donor areas after each collection,” said Hughes. “And, we encourage donors that aren’t feeling well not to come to our centers.”
With donations on the decrease, Aaron Ringor answered the call.
“[They] said that they needed it bad, so I decided just to come down,” Ringor said.
Rachel Truscott gives blood as often as an individual can, every two months.
“Now is the time more than other times to respond because folks are sick now,” Truscott said.
Truscott gives since she got blood donations. She wound up in a five-week coma in the wake of getting into a terrible car crash close to Woodland nine years prior. At the point when she woke up, she concluded the time had come to give back.
“I lived to give,” she said.
Vitalant sees up to 800 donors over the Sacramento area every day. Be that as it may, on Tuesday afternoon, the platelet and plasma section was practically empty, except for donor Julio Perez. Perez donates platelets to respect friends and family he lost to cancer.
“A childhood friend, George Munoz. And I lost one of my uncles, Manuel Diaz,” Perez said. “Those people that already passed on, I’m still here living and I’ll get to appreciate, enjoy every day that I have. Coronavirus, swine flu, West Nile, all that stuff, I just have to keep pushing forward.”
As indicated by Vitalant, giving blood doesn’t affect an individual’s immune system.
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