Despite the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, Héma-Québec still needs 1,000 donors every day. The call is made to healthy adults under the age of 70.
“We invite anyone who is able to donate blood to continue doing so,” says director of public relations, Laurent Paul Ménard. “We must be able to welcome donors on a constant basis and achieve our daily goal: to have 1,000 blood donations per day in Quebec. […] By reaching this magic number there, we are able to meet all needs. ”
“It is important to underline it, there is not at all a context of shortage”, however adds Mr. Ménard. “But blood collection activities must continue because many blood components have a very limited lifespan.”
“For us, the sinews of war is to ensure that there are donors – not en masse, just continuously – who show up during blood collection activities or, permanent donor centers that are located in major urban centers. ”
Of course, the presence of COVID-19 in the population forces the imposition of certain selection criteria. Héma-Québec notably asks people over the age of 70 not to move around, to comply with the state directive while staying at home.
“Blood collection activities must continue because several blood components have a very limited lifespan. ”
– Laurent Paul Ménard, spokesperson, Héma-Québec
“Obviously” travelers returning to the fold cannot donate blood either. Depending on their origin, depending on the countries visited, they may have to wait up to 3 weeks before being able to visit Héma-Québec facilities.
Other restrictions? If you’re feverish, if you have flu-like symptoms, or if someone close to you has such symptoms, forget about it.
Change of location
Before going to a collection that was announced in your sector, check the updated calendar on the Héma-Québec website: hema-quebec.qc.ca ; the information on the activities on the agenda for the current week is reliable.
The coronavirus is causing headaches for organizers. “The challenge at the moment is that there are several collection activities that take place in the traditional way on college and university campuses,” remarked Laurent Paul Ménard. “These places are no longer accessible, so we have to find other places to be able to host our blood drives.”