The American Red Cross says it is facing its worst blood shortage in more than a decade while COVID-19 continues to surge across the country.
The Red Cross declared its first-ever “blood crisis” on Tuesday, saying all blood types are needed.
A spokesperson with the Red Cross in Minnesota and the Dakotas said, “I’ve been with the Red Cross for 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this. It truly is a crisis.”
The Red Cross, which supplies 40% of the nation’s blood, tries to keep a five-day supply on hand at all times; right now they have less than a one-day supply.
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Do you have a story of needing a blood transfusion that saved your life? (a car accident, complications during birth, etc)