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Blood and organ donations shrink amid coronavirus fears

from National Geographic

The U.S. Surgeon General March 19 pleaded with Americans to keep donating blood, as the nation’s supplies are already running low amid fears stoked by the coronavirus pandemic. “You'll be helping your country and your community during this crisis. And you might even save a life,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams said in a press conference. Medical experts say that blood drives and donations have already dropped off significantly. In the last few days, more than 4,000 scheduled blood drives have been cancelled, in part due to closings at the schools and workplaces where these drives are usually held. The epidemic is also changing the organ donation and transplant landscape. Transplantations for urgent conditions are continuing as usual, but some less critical operations are being put on hold. more

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