During the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. has faced the worst nationwide blood shortage of the past decade, and current blood supply cannot always meet the demand. According to the American Red Cross:
- Only 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood.
- Only about 3% of eligible people donate blood each year.
- During the pandemic, donor turnout has decreased by more than 10%.
- Though donations have decreased, the need for blood has increased during the pandemic.
Why You Should Consider Donating Blood
Illinois currently has less than one day's blood supply for all patients. By donating blood, you can help patients who:
- Have a blood disorder
- Are undergoing chemotherapy or a bone marrow transplant
- Require major surgery or an organ transplant
- Lose blood during childbirth
- Are newborn babies with low blood counts
- Suffer trauma and need urgent treatment
Donating blood saves lives.
How to Donate
Northwestern Medicine is asking you to help today. One simple donation can save as many as three people. All blood types are needed right now, and more people than ever are eligible to donate.