Hospitals are currently overburdened due to the coronavirus pandemic. The fear of coronavirus infection has stopped many people from seeking medical help for other ailments, which is not right. Not just this, the fear of transmission of the virus has also reduced the number of blood donors.
While the demand has increased with more people getting hospitalised, the number of people donating blood has decreased. According to the Indian Red Cross Society’s weekly update on June 4, the blood units collected was 99, while units used were 216.
The requirement for the blood is the same (or more), while the donation has reduced. Because there is no substitute for blood, it’s absolutely necessary to donate blood even during the pandemic. Just make sure that you and the hospital should follow all the safety precautions.