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Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in more than 200,000 fewer blood donations as of March 23rd. The U.S. Surgeon General helped stress the importance of practicing safe social distancing, while also stepping up to help patients across the country. "You can still go out and give blood. Social Distancing does not have to mean social disengagement." -VADM Jerome M. Adams, U.S. Surgeon General.

Even in this unprecedented crisis, patients and hospitals still depend on lifesaving blood to treat illnesses and injuries that can't wait: patients who need surgery, mothers facing complications from childbirth, accident victims, patients fighting cancer and countless others. Healthy individuals are urged to schedule an appointment to donate blood in the days and weeks ahead.

Social distancing includes avoiding mass gatherings, working from home if possible, closing schools, and visiting loved ones electronically instead of in person.

We should all be practicing social distancing, but it’s important to know that blood drives are not considered “mass gatherings” because they are controlled events with trained staff and appropriate safety measures to protect donors and recipients. Red Cross employees follow thorough safety protocols to help prevent the spread of any type of infection.