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Started by Tenesmus on Mar 20, 2020 11:06:07 PM
Please Give Blood

If you can.

https://www.blood.co.uk

Our centres are open but we are now collecting less blood. Our staff are putting extra safety measures in place for you to donate. Coming to give blood is essential travel for the NHS.

You will not get a coronavirus test by coming to give blood because there is no evidence of transmission through blood donation.

If you have checked our coronavirus advice and are able to donate, there is no reason to postpone.

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SharkPatoo - 21 Mar 2020 15:21:30 (#1 of 10)

there is no evidence of transmission through blood donation.

I'd have a small wager there will be.

dreams99 - 21 Mar 2020 15:22:28 (#2 of 10)

Is it likely it wouldn't be transmitted through blood donations? How do you think it gets around the body?

Ginmonkey - 21 Mar 2020 15:35:35 (#3 of 10)

Mr Monkey walked in to central London today to give blood. He reported that the donation centre was very busy.

RosyLovelady - 22 Mar 2020 07:41:22 (#4 of 10)

Well done, all the donors.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Mar 2020 22:35:21 (#5 of 10)

Have donated 58 times but am a bus journey from the centre. Dunno how to get there in current circs.

JennyRad - 23 Mar 2020 22:50:07 (#6 of 10)

I had a donation booked for yesterday but it was cancelled because of "venue issues".

I'm now trying to work out the best alternative location to go to - at a time when MrRad can drive me, so I (a) avoid public transport and (b) don't have to drive home. (I've never had a faintness problem after giving blood, but I infinitely prefer not to drive just in case.)

limegreen - 23 Mar 2020 22:51:33 (#7 of 10)

I booked on to the first available session the other day.

Tenesmus - 23 Mar 2020 23:12:02 (#8 of 10)

I fainted once many years ago. Came to on the bed surrounded by staff fussing over me.

Never happened again, and fewer likely now they make you drink lots before.

Sabacious - 24 Mar 2020 00:03:17 (#9 of 10)

Is it likely it wouldn't be transmitted through blood donations? How do you think it gets around the body?

It’s an interesting point. The virus has to get into the lungs to do its thing, but some of the respiratory effects suggest it can get into nervous tissue. All advice is currently to not help it get into your lungs but there’s a possibility other ways of transmission are happening. Mostly it’s breathing it in that gets you.

Tenesmus - 24 Mar 2020 00:13:11 (#10 of 10)

They mean you can't catch it through being a blood donor. Directly. If that makes sense.

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