American Red Cross seeking immediate blood donations
The American Red Cross is experiencing a national blood shortage crisis amid the omicron surge.
Dr. Baia Lasky, the medical director of the American Red Cross of Georgia, says the organization has lost about 10% of its donor base and that number has compounded since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We need all blood types, but type O positive and O negative are in the greatest demand,” said Lasky on Tuesday’s edition of “Closer Look.”
Lasky further explained Georgia donation centers are sometimes at a half-day supply for most need supply.
She also explained how the critical shortage is trickling down to hospitals—causing doctors to make a critical decision as it relates to what patients receive blood and how the public can donate blood.
Learn more about how and where you can give blood here.