A blood donor gets a temperature check before entering the Triangle Area Red Cross in Raleigh, NC on May 28, 2020. Donation appointments are carefully scheduled, additional sanitizing precautions are in place, temperature checks are required, as are masks, in order to protect staff and donors from Covid-19 transmission.
A donor is comforted by a phlebotomist while giving blood at the Triangle Area location of the Red Cross in Raleigh, NC on May 28, 2020. The need for blood is constant, but there is a critical shortage of convalescent plasma, and COVID-19 survivors are encouraged to donate their antibody-rich plasma to help those currently battling the virus.
A Red Cross volunteer waits for donors to have their blood drawn at the Triangle Area Red Cross location in Raleigh, NC on May 28, 2020. After the donation is complete, she will provide a drink and a snack to aid in the brief recovery period.
Blood runs through tubing in a donor’s arm at the Triangle Area location of the Red Cross in Raleigh, NC on May 28, 2020. Donors are comfortably seated and carefully monitored during the brief time required for the donation.
A donor smiles while re-hydrating after a blood donation at the Triangle Area Red Cross in Raleigh, NC on May 28, 2020. “More people are stepping up to the challenge, to the need,” observes another volunteer.
A blood donor receives a thank you sticker during her appointment at the Triangle Area Red Cross location in Raleigh, NC on May 28, 2020. Cally Edwards, Regional Communications Officer for the Eastern North Carolina Region, says that the percent of “no-shows” for donation has declined: “people are taking donation more seriously since the virus.”

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