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Anticipation of COVID-19 is leading to widespread blood shortages

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Forced cancelations of blood drives due to COVID-19 continue to negatively impact the blood supply, which endangers those needing life-saving blood transfusions.

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LifeSouth along with the FDA urges donors to donate blood now and pleads for organizations to host blood drives. Blood donors are needed every day, and anyone who is in good health is encouraged to donate. “We have already seen a significant decrease in donations as the outbreak progresses and are facing a critical public health risk if the blood supply continues to decline,” said LifeSouth’s Vice President of Medical Services Dr. Chris Lough.

The coronavirus does not pose any known risk to blood donors during the donation process or from attending blood drives.

To find a blood drive near you or for more information about hosting a blood drive, visit lifesouth.org or call 888-795-2707.

About LifeSouth: LifeSouth is a non-profit community blood bank serving more than 100 hospitals in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. LifeSouth is committed to meeting the blood supply needs of hospitals and their patients by providing the highest quality blood components and services. With more than 30 donor centers, 45 bloodmobiles and 2,000 blood drives a month, the LifeSouth team is dedicated to making sure the blood is there when a patient is in need.

Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein has over 35 years experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with neurologically impaired adults. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Florida in Speech Pathology. Leslie specializes in caring for individuals who have been effected by multiple medical conditions both acute and degenerative. Populations she cares for includes, but is not limited to, patients suffering from the symptoms of Stroke, Parkinsons, Alzheimers/Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, and ALS which can adversely affect communication, cognition and swallow. Many years of experience has provided her with extensive knowledge and skills when developing individualized therapeutic techniques to help these patients return to their prior level of functioning or improving the quality of their life.
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