Not self-isolating? Donate blood instead, P.E.I. chief public health officer says

Prince Edward Island’s chief medical officer of health is asking anyone who isn’t required to be in self-isolation to head to their nearest blood donation clinic.

“The national supply of blood donation is very important, especially in a time when current events may impact inventory,” Dr. Heather Morrison said a press briefing Friday.

“Giving blood can save lives.”

Canadian Blood Services has said it is concerned by a recent spike in appointment cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s asking healthy donors to keep their appointments to prevent shortages.

“There is absolutely no evidence of transfusion transmission for COVID-19, or any other coronavirus,” Dr. Steven Drews, associate director of microbiology at Canadian Blood Services, said in a statement. “This family of respiratory viruses just doesn’t appear to be transfusion-transmitted.”

Prince Edward Island has two confirmed cases of COVID-19, both in the Queens County area. Both people are recovering at home with mild symptoms.

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