Charitable travelers

By Jim Schoon
This item appears on page 12 of the December 2020 issue.

If any travelers are like me and like to help their fellow man by donating blood when they can, a change in blood bank policies is worth noting.

In the past, after traveling to a malaria-infected country, any blood donor would be deferred from donating for one year. I discovered recently that, after someone travels to a malaria-infected country, donation is now allowed after only three months’ deferral.

Please check with your local blood donation center to see if you can donate now, as, with the COVID-19 pandemic, blood supplies are in critical need.

Danville, IL