Coronavirus update: Lifeblood reassures donors

Coronavirus update: Lifeblood reassures donors

As Australian health organisations prepare their responses to coronavirus, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood wishes to assure donors and patients that we have robust processes in place to ensure the safety of the nation’s blood supply and the health and wellbeing of donors.

Lifeblood Chief Medical Officer Dr Joanne Pink said it was important to note there is no evidence that coronavirus is transmissible by blood transfusion, and that Lifeblood’s strict screening processes mean people who are unwell are not allowed to donate blood.

“We have a dedicated working group of experts who are closely monitoring global developments in relation to the novel coronavirus and advising any specific actions.

“Although the risk to blood safety from coronavirus is low in Australia, we are preparing for the possibility that the virus may spread in the Australian community.”

Dr Pink said Lifeblood had existing restrictions in place for people returning from travel from many areas affected by coronavirus, and would introduce new country-based travel postponements if required.

“We have also introduced a 28-day postponement for any donors who have been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, and a three-month postponement from recovery of confirmed cases.

“If there are any changes or new developments that may impact donors, we let will people know, but for now we are asking donors to keep their appointments,” Dr Pink added.

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