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The American Red Cross has been forced to limit supplies to hospitals because it has less than a one-day supply of key blood types

Payam Javan: In an emailed statement on Tuesday, The Red Cross warned the public about the repercussions of the country’s biggest blood shortage in over a decade, including doctors being forced to make “difficult decisions” about which patients receive blood transfusions over others.

The American Red Cross has been forced to limit supplies to hospitals because it has less than a one-day supply of key blood types.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a 10% drop in the number of people donating blood, as well as continuous blood drive cancellations and staffing shortages.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are being urged to book an appointment now to donate in the coming weeks, as the Red Cross reports a 62 percent decline in blood drives at schools and colleges as a result of the pandemic.

After the first wave of coronavirus infection hit the United States in March 2020, the country’s blood supply faced a critical shortage, according to the New York Times.

The shortfall was caused by businesses ceasing to hold blood drives in 2020, and The New York Times reported that the most frequent donors — historically older Americans — were hesitant of visiting donation centers.

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