Is It Still Safe to Donate Blood During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
June 13, 2020
Blood and blood products are vital life saving resources. Many people depend on blood transfusions to lead a normal life and you as a donor contribute immensely towards their wellbeing. During this pandemic, the blood requirement will not decrease and to meet this need, we need donors like you to continue donating blood as you did before the pandemic.
Donating blood during a pandemic is safe.
When medical professionals and government officials are stressing the importance of staying home to stay safe, you may be apprehensive about venturing out to donate blood. While it is important to be careful when you step out of your house, it is safe to do so when you follow all the safety precautions.
What you should do to prevent COVID-19 infection
- Wear a mask when you leave your home
- Carry a hand sanitiser
- Sanitise hands after touching frequently touched surfaces
- Do not touch your face, especially nose, mouth and eyes
- Avoid crowded places
- Maintain at least 6 feet distance from others
- Cover your nose and mouth with elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Dispose tissue in a closed bin and wash hands immediately
What we are doing to ensure safe blood donation
- Checking donors’ travel history to check for recent travel COVID hotspots
- Temperature screening for all donors and staff
- Standard health assessment for staff everyday
- Strict sanitizing and disinfection of surfaces and equipment
- Hand sanitiser provided throughout the donation process
- Masks and gloves for staff
- Sterile collection sets
- Social distancing everywhere including donor beds
- Donors’ arrival staggered to prevent crowding
- Ensuring all donors wear a mask
Donate blood. Save lives.
When we follow all safety precautions, practice hand and respiratory hygiene, and diligently sanitise and disinfect surfaces, we can greatly limit the risk of any infection. We are doing this to ensure your safety during this pandemic. Continue to donate blood. Save lives.