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Need for blood donations at emergency levels as Red Cross experiences critical blood shortage

The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals to donate blood or platelets as soon as possible. Blood and platelet donations are being sent to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. In fact, donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than what is needed. “The...