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Old 03-30-2020, 07:38 AM
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Curious to know opinions on this. Do you feel that it is safe to go donate blood at this time?

My son is a member of the Beta Club National Honor society. His club is supposed to be organizing a blood drive and signing people up to donate blood. COVID-19 has kept people who usually give from doing so and reportedly supplies are running low.

I have never donated blood but was considering doing so, however, I am concerned that I could place myself or others at risk by doing so.

One of the qualifications to donate is to be virus free. How do you know if you are virus free when many who get COVID seem to be asymptomatic?
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I’m in for this. Have the same exact questions and I have one of the rarer blood types.
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I would think it would be safe if its in a large area with people spread out.
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Yes, I gave last week and the Red Cross had it set up so people where not crowded together and were constantly sanitizing the chairs/beds etc. There is an incredible need especially for platelets.
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I have AB - the rarest as I'm told so i give every 40 days. I gave right before the virus went crazy, but I thnk I might be holding off next go round if things dont improve.
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Now more than ever. Thanks if you do.
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Nope. Not going anywhere I don't have to for the time being. I have a responsibility to keep myself and my family safe as I can during this. That comes first. I've also postponed any medical services for myself that I can't do by phone.
Old 09-18-2020, 05:37 PM
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So what have you guys been doing the last 6 months? I'm still leary and have not donated since this was last posted.
Old 09-18-2020, 05:49 PM
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Yes I have high red blood cell count and give regularly . One Blood the only donation center In my area appears to be taking all necessary precautions.
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Yes...but I'm a pussy and have anxiety problems...knock me out...take what you need...I have the rare stuff
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Gave in April and July with no issues. Red Cross did COVID antibody testing at the July blood drive.
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Ole fishing buddy of mine went into hospital for prostate removal and received a couple quarts. He healed up but changed. He had an irresistible urge for fried chicken, malt liquor, cashing his check at one of those quick cash places, and the big bottom women that caught his eye. Wow....
on a positive note he danced much better, could name all the rap music artist and could roll a blunt with the best of them. I don’t remember that strut he now has. He’s now a really flashy dresser. Purple alligator shoes, orange three piece suit and a long feather in his hat.
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I am motivated to give blood to the collection place on post here.

One, they want my blood type, Two, they test donations for COVID and anti-bodies.

I may have to visit the blood bank tomorrow.
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Haven't donated in a couple of years. O-neg with no CMV at 40 yrs old, will start looking into donating again.
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Sure, why not? Something wrong with the needles?
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Originally Posted by alligatorgar View Post
Ole fishing buddy of mine went into hospital for prostate removal and received a couple quarts. He healed up but changed. He had an irresistible urge for fried chicken, malt liquor, cashing his check at one of those quick cash places, and the big bottom women that caught his eye. Wow....
on a positive note he danced much better, could name all the rap music artist and could roll a blunt with the best of them. I don’t remember that strut he now has. He’s now a really flashy dresser. Purple alligator shoes, orange three piece suit and a long feather in his hat.
its a serious subject
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Had the same surgery. All I got was an irresistible urge to pee on myself.
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
Nope. Not going anywhere I don't have to for the time being. I have a responsibility to keep myself and my family safe as I can during this. That comes first. I've also postponed any medical services for myself that I can't do by phone.
so no dermatologist skin exams? No lipid panels? No colonoscopies?
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Originally Posted by Mine Now View Post
Sure, why not? Something wrong with the needles?
Its not the needles, I've been less than impressed with the red cross donation sites i've been to for cleanliness pre COVID. In my opinion the emphasis was more about protecting the person taking the blood then the donor. The bus was the worst, it was disgusting but I sucked it up and did it every 40 days for many, many years up until COVID.

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