Novel coronavirus update

Lifeblood has robust processes in place to ensure the safety of our blood supply and the health and well-being of our donors.

It is important to note there is no evidence that coronavirus is transmissible by blood transfusion, and our strict screening process means we don’t allow people who are unwell to donate blood.  

We have a dedicated working group of experts who are closely monitoring global developments in relation to the novel coronavirus and advising any specific actions required. 

Although the risk to blood safety from coronavirus is low in Australia, we are preparing for the possibility that the virus may spread in the Australian community and the impact this may have on the number of donors available to give blood. 

Our donor centres remain safe places to visit and we encourage all eligible donors to make an appointment to donate blood at this time.

We have an existing restriction on donating on return from travel for many areas currently affected by coronavirus, and we will introduce new country-based travel postponements if required.

We have also introduced a 28 day postponement for any donors who have been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, and a three month postponement from recovery of confirmed cases. 

If there are any changes or new developments that may impact donors, we will keep you updated.

If you would like to find out more about the virus, this can be found at Australian Department of Health website.

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