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Tue Aug 4, 2020, 06:03 PM

Wondering how blood banks are handling the virus

The explosion in Beruit injured more than 3,000, and the hospitals are begging people for blood.

I was curious how the blood supply is being monitored with this pandemic. I assume it's all being screened for Covid?

If anyone here in the medical profession knows, I'd appreciate some knowledge.

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Reply Wondering how blood banks are handling the virus (Original post)
Sympthsical Aug 2020 OP
leftieNanner Aug 2020 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2020 #2
Sympthsical Aug 2020 #3
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2020 #5
live love laugh Aug 2020 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2020 #6
hunter Aug 2020 #7

Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 06:13 PM

1. I donated a few weeks ago

They didn't test me beyond asking health questions and taking my temperature. Don't know if they test the blood. It takes me for ever to fill up that pint bag because my BP is so low!

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 06:19 PM

2. EVERY pint is always tested. I'm sure they have a test for the covid19.

Here's a link from their website for how the blood is tested:

https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/covid-19-antibody-testing.html

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 06:46 PM

3. Thanks for this! n/t

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Response to Sympthsical (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:20 PM

5. You're welcome! I'm retired from the American Red Cross, so I knew there would be info. n/t

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 06:58 PM

4. I donated in late March. They screened with questions

but I donít know about actual follow up testing.

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Response to live love laugh (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:21 PM

6. Follow-up testing for the covid19 didn't start until June 15th.

There's a lot of info in the link I posted above.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 08:35 PM

7. I was a medical lab tech and blood banker during the peak of the AIDS crisis.

It was terrifying.

Personal friends and patients were dying but Ronald Reagan and the Republican evil clown squad just laughed.

I was frequently the guy who got the calls when our hemophilia patients died. A lot of them were children.

If there is a hell...



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