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Just a public service note as well. As cases start to peak over the next 2 weeks it is extremely important to limit trips outside the home. These are the days where the most people will be sniffling, coughing, sneezing, etc. It seems as though that stuff is the main form of transmission so limiting activities during the time of maximum likelihood of transmission is critical. Try to limit leaving the house to one person, once a week.
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Just a public service note as well. As cases start to peak over the next 2 weeks it is extremely important to limit trips outside the home. These are the days where the most people will be sniffling, coughing, sneezing, etc. It seems as though that stuff is the main form of transmission so limiting activities during the time of maximum likelihood of transmission is critical. Try to limit leaving the house to one person, once a week.
....and remember that "the peak" will vary depending on your location.

Metro New York is hopefully approaching its local peak; but places well away from the coasts might have more than a month before they reach their peaks....
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Apparently we’re cutting benefits for doctors and nurses right now.
I think that was a poorly written article with a hyperbolic headline
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The Red Cross has been calling me multiple times per day for the last couple weeks (usually it is limited to once or twice a week they said since I'm O+ they need mine especially bad), so I am going in to give blood today.

Anyone else giving blood? This will be my closest contact with another Human Being outside my own family in over 2 weeks.
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Yeah, I'm giving blood on Saturday.

I'm AB+, and I'm going to a blood center where they can just take plasma or platelets.... but I'm thinking full blood donation is likely to be best for me. They told me last time that it's all separated in components anyway, so they get my very useful platelets and plasma, and my lesser-needed red blood cells
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O-negative. I should really go donate. Somebody bump this thread on Friday when I have time to go out.
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I have thought about it, but I am plain old A+. Not sure it is worth the risk yet.
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Kudos for giving blood! I recommend to also donate plasma and platelets when you can. I know for platelets, they have a very short shelf life of less than a week as opposed to blood which is over a month, and plasma is even much longer than that. There is always a much higher need for platelets because of the short shelf life. Sadly on some days, there isn’t enough platelets and some patients have to go without which sucks because they can be a life saver.
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Kudos for giving blood! I recommend to also donate plasma and platelets when you can. I know for platelets, they have a very short shelf life of less than a week as opposed to blood which is over a month, and plasma is even much longer than that. There is always a much higher need for platelets because of the short shelf life. Sadly on some days, there isn’t enough platelets and some patients have to go without which sucks because they can be a life saver.
Do they not extract platelets from whole blood donations as needed?
Or does platelet supply only come from platelet-specific donations?
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