In the office here we affectionately call the Red Cross Lifeblood the vampires. Where was our developer today? Visiting the vampires of course!
Due to social distancing, isolation and quarantine (and perhaps fear driven by misinformation), there seems to be a rise in cancelled appointments at RedCross Lifeblood donation centres.
COVID-19 is not transmissible by blood transfusion but even so, Red Cross Lifeblood have a strict screening process to keep donators, staff and blood supply safe. You can read more about the precautions Red Cross are following here.
While it is important to stay safe and act responsibly during this pandemic if you are eligible to donate, haven't travelled overseas in the last 28 days, not currently in quarantine and able to get to a donation centre PLEASE consider doing so.
We all know that the impacts of this pandemic will stretch far and wide and affect various aspects of our lives. Donated blood is called "Lifeblood" for a reason, many people's lives depend on donated blood and it is imperative that we minimise the impact COVID-19 has on our blood supply.
If you'd like to learn more about donating blood go to donateblood.com.au and for the most recent and accurate information about COVID-19 always go to legitimate sources like the Australian Department of Health or the World Health Organization (WHO) and for latest news there is a COVID-19 news stream on the ABC website.
We also HIGHLY recommend checking out the ABC's daily podcast about COVID-19 called Coronacast which you can find on the ABC listen app, online and on every app you use to listen to podcasts (apple podcasts, spotify, overcast/pocketcast etc...).
If you are healthy and eligible we urge you to visit the vampires and donate blood. You're not only saving lives but you just might get a free party pie or sausage roll out of it ;)
Shout out to the extremely friendly and helpful staff at the Nambour donation centre, search for your nearest donor centre today.
Please make an appointment to donate blood this week. If you’re healthy and haven’t travelled overseas in the last 28 days, we need you to help us meet demand: https://t.co/o9tyZ1dhJk pic.twitter.com/9Sl49uz7Lg— Australian Red Cross Lifeblood (@lifebloodau) March 16, 2020