(WEHT) – The American Red Cross says it’s closely monitoring the coronavirus and working with government agencies and officials to coordinate support.
Here’s a statement released by the American Red Cross to the media:
“At this time, the American Red Cross is closely monitoring the evolving situation regarding the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. We are currently working with government agencies and state officials to determine what Red Cross support may be needed in the coming days and weeks.
As always, the American Red Cross remains dedicated to providing the safest, most reliable blood products possible to patients in need. The risk of contracting any coronavirus through a blood transfusion is extremely low because of the current domestic health screening process for blood donors. It is important to note that there have been no reported transfusion transmissions of respiratory viruses including coronaviruses and influenza-like viruses worldwide.
The Red Cross continues to use safety measures to protect the blood supply from all respiratory viruses including this coronavirus strain. We are evaluating all emerging risks in collaboration with AABB, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine what additional intervention strategies are needed as the situation evolves.
Overseas, the Red Cross of China is supporting its government to help meet the huge and sudden demand for medical items including masks and gowns. International Red Cross societies are also working with health authorities to educate communities about how to mitigate the spread of this virus and informing people how to stay healthy.
For the latest information, including tips on how to stay healthy, please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.”
(This story was originally published on January 29, 2019)