How the pandemic is causing a national blood shortage

By , KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The American Red Cross is not pulling any punches. It’s getting the word out on a national blood shortage — the worst in 10 years.

Hospitals are feeling the pinch, as many are now forced to share their own dwindling supplies with other hospitals in the event of trauma or other health issues that require life-saving blood for the victims.

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Like many of our present shortages, the blood shortage can be linked to the pandemic. According to Red Cross data, there has been a 10% decline in donations since 2020.

A notable decline is among the high school and college student population. Their donations usually account for 25% of the blood supply. That number has dropped to 10%.

Blood cannot be manufactured. The supply can only be replenished by people making donations.

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