Coronavirus and the Safety of the Community Blood Supply

It’s been the talk of the week: Coronavirus.

The Coronavirus is a common virus that infects humans, typically leading to an upper respiratory infection. The recent coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. To date, more than 1,000 cases have been confirmed across the globe.   

Coronavirus is spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
  • Rarely, fecal contamination

The symptoms of the Coronavirus are very similar to other upper-respiratory ailments and can include runny nose, cough, sore throat, and sometimes an accompanying fever. The Coronavirus can often be mistaken as a common cold.

To ensure the safety of the community blood supply, LifeServe Blood Center is taking precautionary steps against Coronavirus. The safety of our donors, volunteers, team members, and hospital partners is paramount. With the recent Coronavirus outbreak, LifeServe Blood Center has implemented the following donation criteria:

  • All donors who have returned in the last 14 days from China must wait at least 28 days before donating blood.
  • All donors who have had contact in the past 2 weeks with someone who has traveled to (or resided in) China in the past 14 days, or contact with someone who has Coronavirus must wait 28 days before donating blood.
  • A donor who exhibits signs and symptoms of Coronavirus infection within 2 weeks of departure from China should wait to donate blood for 4 weeks after they are symptom-free.

Thank you for keeping our blood supply safe!