Coronavirus and transfusion safety

Keeping Australia’s blood supply safe is a priority for Australian Red Cross Lifeblood. 

With Australia and the rest of the world now operating amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we have taken many steps to ensure the safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need. 

We have a dedicated working group of experts including medical staff and donor care teams, who are closely monitoring global and domestic developments in relation to coronavirus and advising any specific actions required. 

We understand this may be a worrying time for patients who need blood products, and their families, but rest assured our teams are working hard with our generous donors, with those who can donate continuing to do so and successfully sharing the message that blood donation remains an essential service. 

It is important to note there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus being transmitted by blood transfusion anywhere in the world, and our strict screening process means we don't allow people who are unwell to donate blood.

In addition, we are carrying out wellness checks in our centres to ensure donors are well enough to enter and are asking donors who have returned from overseas, and those who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19 to wait 28 days before giving blood. Any donors who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 will need to wait 28 days from complete recovery of all symptoms to be able to donate blood.

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