Australian Red Cross to allow blood donations sooner after having COVID-19


Arthur Bozikas has beta-thalassemia major, a rare genetic disorder that reduces the body’s ability to produce enough healthy red blood cells.

Although the 60-year-old was told he wouldn’t live to experience adulthood, medical discoveries and over 700 blood transfusions since birth have seen him live a fulfilling life.

But as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Australia, the number of blood donations continues to drop, jeopardising the lives of people like Mr Bozikas.

READ MORE: Iron Boy: How five words changed Arthur Bozikas’ life.

Arthur Bozikas.

“Car accidents are not going to stop, cancer is not going to stop, patients like myself are going to continue needing blood,” Mr Bozikas told ABC News.

According to the national broadcaster, only half the people making appointments end up giving blood and more than 4,500 appointments are not being filled every day.

In response, the Australian Red Cross are changing the rules to allow blood donations sooner after having COVID-19.

Until now, people who’ve had the virus had to wait until they were fully recovered plus another 28 days before giving blood.

But from Sunday, once you’re better you’ll just need to wait seven days before booking an appointment.

Iain Gosbell, who is the Director of Donor and Blood Safety at Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, said this decision was a ‘safe’ one and he’s hoping more people will now consider helping others.

Source: ABC News.




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

2035: The end of the Greek community of Australia as we know it (Part Two)

In our previous article we referred to the important year 2035, a milestone for the presence and evolution of Hellenism in Australia.

‘Poor Things’ costumes exhibition opens at Benaki Museum in Greece

Costumes from Giorgos Lanthimos' film "Poor Things" are featured in an exhibition inaugurated by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

Meet Joanna Kalafatis: New Greek star of hit Netflix series ‘Maestro in Blue’

Joanna Kalafatis is a beautiful Greek woman with voluminous hair. However, as the saying goes, there’s a lot more than meets the eye.

Archaeologists in Crete mystified by 4000-year-old discovery

A recently discovered 4,000-year-old stone building in Crete is puzzling archaeologists and potentially delaying an airport project.

Greece ranks third among Mediterranean cruise destinations

Data from the Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME) show that Greek ports handled 7,003,150 passengers in 2023, up from 4,629,650 in 2022.

You May Also Like

Sydney confirmed to host simply the best NRL Grand Final

The 2023 NRL and NRLW Grand Finals will be played in Sydney as agreed between NSW Government and Australian Rugby League Commission.

Construction workers, Harry and Rebecca Gattis, push for mandatory vaccination class action

Construction workers, Harry and Rebecca Gattis, say they will fight for a class action over the NSW Government’s mandatory vaccination rules.

Greece and Australia mark Europe Day 2021 with ceremonies at the Acropolis and in Canberra

Greece and Australia have marked Europe Day 2021, by raising the EU and Greek flag at the Acropolis and with a reception in Canberra.