TUPELO, Miss (WTVA)- Blood donations are needed right now with the outbreak of the Coronavirus and multiple people getting sick with the flu and strep.
Simple and painless.. that is how Melinda Murphree, Vitalant Donor Recruitment Supervisor described giving blood.
Murphree explained what precautions Vitalant is taking due to the Coronavirus outbreak "Urging anyone healthy to come out and donate blood, we are encouraging all employees to wash their hands for at least 20-30 seconds.. and just all of the precautions we can"
Right now all blood types are needed. Red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days but blood donations typically do not stay that long.
Visit Vitalant's website for locations and directions on how to donate blood: https://vitalant.org/Home.aspx