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KOAA Survey: What should be done about the national blood shortage?

KOAA Digital Survey Jan. 20
Virus Outbreak Florida
Posted at 10:47 AM, Jan 20, 2022

Recently, the American Red Cross announced a dangerously low national blood shortage, the worst in over a decade.

They explained that the pandemic severely hampered donation efforts over the past two years.

News5 wants to know, what do you think should be done about the national blood shortage?

23% Provide incentives for donating
22% More mobile clinics
7% Change the rules about who can donate
47% All of the above

We're following this survey throughout the day and into tomorrow. Tune in to News5 at 4 p.m. as we review the results!

Editor's note: This survey is not based on scientific, representative samples and is solely for KOAA purposes.

A local non-profit in Colorado, Vitalant, said they are seeing the lowest donation figures in two years.

Vitalant said they canceled over 500 blood drives in 2021 due to the pandemic.

The shortage has renewed calls to lift restrictions that prevent gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

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