The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has issued an outline on the precautionary measures the will be taking to protect the blood stocks.
South Africa (12 February 2020) – The South African National Blood Service has issued where they stand in order to protect the blood stocks in South Africa. They have taken a few precautionary measures and this is what you need to know.
“The outbreak of the Coronavirus has given rise to enquiries regarding the risk of exposure. No cases of infection have been confirmed in South Africa. To ensure that our blood products remain safe, here is some information about preventative measures and precautions.”
They have issued a deferral period to any donors that have travelled to China and back. The donor will need to wait 21 days before they can donate blood again.
Anyone that has been infected by the Coronavirus will be deferred for a period of 28 days after the complete clearance of all symptoms.
People who have come into contact with an infected person will be deferred for 21 days after the point of contact.
There are no reports of the virus in South Africa, these are just precautionary measures.
SANBS encourage everyone to keep safe by always washing your hands, to cover your mouth and to sneeze into your elbow should you need it.
If you have any queries about their processes during this time, you can contact the SANBS via their website here.