The urgent American blood shortage, explained

If the blood supply is limited, hospitals will be forced to make hard choices about who receives immediate care

Blood donation.
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Since the start of the pandemic, blood banks across the United States have been calling on eligible donors to come down and help stave off shortages. It's critical that blood banks have enough of a supply for local hospitals, which risk having to make hard choices about who receives immediate treatment and who must wait.

How much blood is needed in the United States on a daily basis?

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