Vox Sanguinis International Forum on Transfusion Services about response to COVID-19

Mark H. Yazer, Bryon Jackson, Monica Pagano, Naomi Rahimi-Levene, Victoria Peer, José Luis Bueno, Ryan P. Jackson, Hua Shan, Luiz Amorim-Filho, Maria Esther Lopes, Carla Boquimpani, Ulrik Sprogøe, Mie Topholm Bruun, Kjell Titlestad, Kylie Rushford, Erica M. Wood, Zoe K. McQuilten, Vincenzo de Angelis, Michela Delle Donne, Mike MurphyJulie Staves, Duck Cho, Fumihiko Nakamura, Akira Hangaishi, Jeannie Callum, Yulia Lin, Mostafa Mogaddam, Ahmad Gharehbaghian, Miquel Lozano

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The novel coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) that was first reported in Wuhan, China and provokes the COVID-19 disease has developed into a pandemic with hundreds of thousands of people infected. Many governments have enforced social isolation protocols on their citizens, which has led to the closure of many large public gatherings in order to limit the spread of the virus. These closures could reasonably be expected to affect blood collections, thereby presaging shortages of blood for transfusion. On the other hand, steps such as the postponement of elective surgeries and other non-urgent transfusions could mitigate against potential shortfalls in the blood supply.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)536-542
Number of pages13
JournalVox Sanguinis
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

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