Volume 4 Issue 7 - 2020
Blood Donations and Blood Banks: A Case on Supply and Demand for Blood in COVID-19 Pandemic
Dejen Nureye1* and Eyob Tekalign2
1Department of Pharmacy, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Mizan-Tepi University, Mizan Campus, Mizan-Aman, Southwest, Ethiopia.
2Department of Medical Laboratory, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Mizan-Tepi University, Mizan Campus, Mizan-Aman, Southwest, Ethiopia
*Corresponding Author: Dejen Nureye, Department of Pharmacy, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Mizan-Tepi University, Mizan Campus, Mizan-Aman, Southwest, Ethiopia.
Received: May 04, 2020; Published: June 01, 2020

With the outbreak of unknown pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019, a new strain coronavirus (CoV), which was temporarily named 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by the World Health Organization (WHO) on January 7, 2020, provoked the attention of the entire world. The virus was subsequently renamed as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease it causes was named as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). It is an RNA virus and called as Crown in Latin from the structure of the virus under electron microscope. On January 31, 2020, the WHO announced the outbreak of COVID-19 in China as a Public Health Emergency of global Concern [1,2].


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Citation: Dejen Nureye and Eyob Tekalign. “Blood Donations and Blood Banks: A Case on Supply and Demand for Blood in COVID-19 Pandemic”. EC Emergency Medicine and Critical Care 4.7 (2020): 01-07.

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