In 2022, the World Blood Donor Day slogan is “Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives” and it focuses on blood donation to save the lives of countless people who need blood units due to a variety of medical issues. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every country needs 1 percent of its population in blood units. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, while the requirement of blood units has increased for the functioning of the healthcare system, it is not being met and people are wary of going to hospitals or blood camps for fear of contracting Covid-19.
Clearly, the pandemic had made things more difficult. Despite all of it, to say the least, it is vital that people donate blood and it’s possible with numerous precautions in place to prevent the transmission of Covid-19.
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The following are the blood or blood components donation eligibility for people who have received their Covid-19 vaccination:
Depending on blood collection facility regulations and demand for Covid-19 convalescent plasma, those who have recovered from Covid-19 are eligible to donate convalescent plasma.
Active or prior Covid-19: There have not been cases of transfusion-transmitted infection from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 infection. So, testing donated blood for the virus is not recommended, as respiratory viruses are not known to be transmitted by transfusion.
Meanwhile, a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 (antibody, antigen, or nucleic acid) or a history of Covid-19 are not regarded as exclusions from blood donation if one of the following conditions is met:
For individuals with possible Covid-19 without confirmatory testing, the FDA suggests that individuals should refrain from donating blood for 10 days in case of the following:
There is no formal rule stating that you must have a Covid-19 negative RT-PCR test report to give blood, although following ruled must be followed:
Amidst the ongoing pandemic, it is important to emphasize that donating blood does not put a person at risk of getting Covid-19 as long as the do’s and don’ts are followed. The blood donation procedure is carried out with all required precautions for the donor’s safety in mind.
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