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Blood donors in Edmonton stepping up to meet the need

Even after many donors cancelled their appointments in March, the Canadian Blood Services was able to meet their blood donation goal for the Edmonton area by the end of May.
By: Heather Marie Connors
June 06, 2020
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The act of donating blood looks very different during a pandemic. Appointments and masks are a necessity, as are health screenings and temperature tests. Donation beds are spaced two metres apart, and everything is disinfected between appointments.

But the need for blood is constant, and after the cancellation of numerous appointments in March, organizers put out a call for help and Edmontonians responded. Their goal for donations between mid-March and the end of May was 10,955 appointments and Blood Services was able to reach 11,128.

Also taking place in Edmonton, a clinical trial involving the collection of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients. The nationwide study aims to determine whether antibodies from those who have recovered from the illness can help to treat active cases.

For information on blood and plasma donations in your area, check out the Canadian Blood Services website.

Source: The Province

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