Right now, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage. As hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for blood products has grown exponentially. In recent weeks, hospital demand has grown by 30%, after sharply declining in early April amid this rapidly changing and complex public health crisis. At the same time, blood drives continue to be cancelled as many businesses and community organizations remain closed, including schools like UW-Madison.
Schools account for about 20% of the blood collected at any given time, so even though we are apart, let’s come together this summer and donate blood to show that #BadgersBleedRed!