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Lakewood Church holding emergency blood drive to help with severe shortage

The U.S. Surgeon General has urged healthy, eligible adults to act now by giving blood.

HOUSTON — The U.S. is now facing a severe blood shortage due to a large number of blood drive cancellations during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the American Red Cross.

Houston is no exception. 

The U.S. Surgeon General has urged healthy, eligible adults to act now by giving blood.

That's why Lakewood Church is partnering with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to hold an emergency blood drive on Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment only.

"The Texas Medical Center, the nation's largest, could be greatly impacted if we as a community don't come together to fill this tremendous need," Lakewood said in a statement. "We are excited for our community at Lakewood Church to be a part of this life-saving initiative.

Mobile blood donation buses will be located at Lakewood, beginning Monday.

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is following all heightened CDC recommendations regarding sanitization and safety to provide a clean, safe environment for donations.

To make the donation process simple and efficient, Lakewood will offer drive-up appointments at the church at 3700 Southwest Freeway. 

To schedule an appointment or learn more, visit LakewoodChurch.com, which will soon have details such as the hours of operation and other important information.

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Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.

But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...

  • The air by coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Help stop the spread of coronavirus

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Eat and sleep separately from your family members
  • Use different utensils and dishes
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
  • If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.

Lower your risk

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.

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