Cold and flu season has already had an impact on the nations blood supply, and the American Red Cross believes as fear of the Corona Virus or COVID-19 grows, the number of donations could decrease further. Joe Zydlo with the Red Cross encourages anyone who is healthy to give blood now.

He says that’s why it’s more important than ever to give blood if you are healthy. Zydlo said Red Cross employee’s follow safety protocols, including wiping down donor touched area, wearing gloves, using sterile collection sets for every donation, and preparing the donors arm with an aseptic scrub. The Red Cross reminds us that the need for blood is constant, and donors are the only source for blood for those in need of transfusions. You can find out where blood drives are taking place by going online to myozarksonline.com and click on blood drive.