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15 Jan 2024

American Red Cross Faces a Historical Blood Shortage

The American Red Cross announced an emergency blood shortage, citing the [lowest donor turnout in 20 years](https://www.npr.org/2024/01/09/1223734878/red-cross-blood-shortage-national-blood-donor-month) with a 40% donor drop over two decades. The situation may worsen due to potential winter weather impacts and seasonal illnesses like flu and COVID-19, which could result in more cancellations of donation appointments. Type O blood and platelets are particularly needed to address a nearly 7,000 unit shortfall experienced during the holiday season.