During the last few weeks, many of us have admired the dedication of the doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers who have been on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. While I have tried to do my part by wearing a mask, social distancing, and supporting small businesses, I couldn’t help but see the sacrifices of others and wish there was something more I could do.
Well, thanks to a newspaper article, I found a small way to pitch in and help. Apparently, as a result of the coronavirus, thousands of blood drives had been cancelled. With that in mind, I visited the American Red Cross’s website. The website was simple and convenient to use, and within minutes, I was scheduled to donate at a blood drive not far from my home.
When my scheduled day arrived, I was able to complete the health history questionnaire at home using a tablet. The appointment only took about an hour. For those of you who have already recovered from COVID-19, the Red Cross does have a COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program, which I would suggest you look in to.
If you’re like me and are wishing there’s something more you can do to help, consider giving blood. To learn more about the American Red Cross and donating blood, visit www.redcrossblood.org.