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13 Surprising Reasons You Might Not Be Able to Donate Blood

The Healthy Logo By Jenn Sinrich of The Healthy | Slide 1 of 14: Donating blood is one way to help the greater community—and this is especially true in the era of the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19. In fact, donor plasma from people who've recovered from COVID-19 could help experts with lifesaving treatment. In addition to the current health crisis, there are plenty of reasons for other people to donate blood—and some surprising benefits, too. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently revised its blood donation guidelines and changed the deferral or wait period for donations in the wake of COVID-19. Read more to learn how long you may have to wait to donate blood and reasons why you might not be able to donate.

Can I donate blood?

Donating blood is one way to help the greater community—and this is especially true in the era of the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19. In fact, donor plasma from people who've recovered from COVID-19 could help experts with lifesaving treatment. In addition to the current health crisis, there are plenty of reasons for other people to donate blood—and some surprising benefits, too. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently revised its blood donation guidelines and changed the deferral or wait period for donations in the wake of COVID-19. Click through the slide show above to learn how long you may have to wait to donate blood and reasons why you might not be able to donate.

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