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Can you donate blood if you have had COVID-19?
Not right away. You’ll have to wait at least 14 days after you’ve recovered from COVID-19 to be able to donate blood, says Canadian Blood Services (CBS)
You also can’t donate for at least two weeks after an infected person’s recovery if:
- You have a cough or fever within 14 days of being in contact with a COVID-19 patient
- You have those symptoms within two weeks of travelling outside Canada
- You’ve developed a fever after “close contact” with someone who has got sick within two weeks of their own international travel
“People exposed in the community or at work to those above may also be temporarily ineligible,” CBS says on its website.
You’re asked to refrain from donating blood for 14 days after entering Canada following travels in the continental U.S., Europe and Antarctica. If you’re coming from anywhere else, you should wait 21 days, CBS says.
If you have questions about your eligibility to donate, you can call 1-888-2-6283 or visit blood.ca.
While the current scientific evidence suggests COVID-19 cannot be transmitted via blood, Canada Blood Services says it “has strict measures in place to ensure the continued safety of our products and services related to blood, plasma, stem cells, and organs and tissues, and to address the health of our donors.”
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