Cold weather, more illness led to critical shortage of blood

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers are in critical need of blood.

The nonprofit, which operates in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, typically has less blood donated during the holidays. But donations have not returned to normal levels following the new year.

“What happened this year is that because of cold weather, and more so because so many people have been sick with the flu that’s going around, we haven’t seen the donations increase like we typically would,” said Laura Bialeck, LifeSouth’s North Florida District community coordinator.

Combined with blood usage increases, the shortage of donors created an emergency need, which took effect Wednesday, she said.

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