A National Institutes of Health study of blood samples from more than 250,000 donors found that very few included genetic material from the novel coronavirus, and that those materials that were discovered contained low viral levels. Published in Transfusion
, the study also demonstrated that the genetic material did not have the ability to infect recipients with SARS-CoV-2. As such, individuals who donate blood and those who receive blood transfusions are not at increased risk for COVID-19.. According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States requires blood and/or platelets every 2 seconds.
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