Supply chains around the world have affected the flow of goods around the world. Everything from semiconductor chips needed to dietary staples like french fries, cream cheese, and chicken tenders. But COVID-19 lockdowns have also put a massive strain on an even more important resource: blood.
The American Red Cross announced a first-ever “national blood crisis” this week, amid the nation’s worst shortage of blood in more than decade.
“The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care,” the organization said in a statement on its website. “Doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become