OUR VIEW: Blood: Still, the gift of life
Anyone interested in and eligible to donate blood is urged to do so this Friday (Oct. 23) at a Blood Connection drive sponsored by the City of Clinton.
Any time there is a medical emergency in the nation - and Coronavirus/COVID-19 certainly applies - blood donations drop off. It’s only logical, people are wary of anything that could possibly compromise their health, although blood donations are tried-and-true medically safe. While the giving of drops off, however, the need for blood NEVER drops off, for surgeries and transfusions. Human Blood is a certified lifesaver, and The Blood Connection, American Red Cross and others do admirable work collecting and distributing the lifesaver in a medically safe way.
Remember, while donating, face coverings are required, as one of the best ways to combat the spread of COVID-19, a potentially deadly respirator infection. The pandemic has stretch the capabilities of many hospitals; the last thing they need to worry about is a safe blood supply.
The Blood Connection also will test all donations for COVID-19 antibodies. These will let the donor know he/she has had the infection and, most likely, has a measure of immunity. There are not enough possible re-infection cases to know, yet, if the illness can be contracted twice or more. Antibodies can be important in plasma donations which can be used as a COVID-19 treatment; but that is an issue for the individual donor to decide. There is no cure for COVID-19 and no clinically-proven-vaccine, either. Medicine is working on that, feverishly, and there will have to be systems in place when a vaccine is found to deliver it to the general public.
Meanwhile, The Blood Connection needs your blood, if you are interested in donating and eligible to donate. For this blood drive, a $20 charitable donation will be given on behalf of each donor. This Oct. 23 blood drive is 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 211 North Broad St. in Clinton. There is no better time than the present to give the gift of life.