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Can I Donate Blood During Coronavirus If I Am On Medication?

Keep this in mind if you plan to donate blood during the coronavirus pandemic

 

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Due to the novel coronavirus, which has spread rapidly through multiple countries including the United States, the need for blood and platelet donations from healthy individuals is crucial. The Red Cross is encouraging blood and platelet donors to continue scheduling appointments throughout the crisis — but can you still donate if you are taking medication?

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As long as you meet the basic requirements — you’re in good health, 16 years or older and weigh at least 110 pounds — you are typically eligible to donate blood if you’re taking medication. Your eligibility to donate will be based on the reason that the medication was prescribed to you. If your condition is under control and you’re healthy, you’re likely able to donate. But some drugs like Accutane, Aspirin and Propecia have a waiting period before blood donation is permitted. Check the Red Cross’ website for a full list of medications that have waiting periods for blood donation.

All donors are required to wear a face mask at the time of their donation. Donors will also have their temperature checked and will undergo a mini-physical to ensure they’re healthy.

Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds, but less than 38% of the population is eligible to donate. The potential for the coronavirus to spread through blood is currently unknown, but there have been no reported cases of the virus spreading due to blood or platelet transfusions.

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The Red Cross has made it possible for people to donate even in areas that have shelter-in-place declarations. If you’re looking for more ways to give back to your community than just by donating blood, here’s how to send free meals to frontline coronavirus workers as well as other acts of kindness you can do from home.