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Old Aug 28, 20, 8:50 am
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one positive thing to come from Covid lockdown - I'm not travelling to malarial places, so I can give blood. Donated again today, second time in three months after once in seven years.
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Old Sep 4, 20, 2:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Stewie Mac View Post
one positive thing to come from Covid lockdown - I'm not travelling to malarial places, so I can give blood. Donated again today, second time in three months after once in seven years.
The American Red Cross seems to also have amended their question re: recent travel. You still have to answer if you traveled outside of US/Canada within the last 12 months. Normally you'd have to list all the countries you visited. (For some folks, this step takes a while! ) But now, if you answer that you traveled outside of US/Canada within the last 12 months, they ask a follow-up: have you been outside of US/Canada within the last 3 months? If you answer "no" to the 3-month question, you simply move on with the screening.
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Old Sep 8, 20, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by JY1024 View Post
The American Red Cross seems to also have amended their question re: recent travel. You still have to answer if you traveled outside of US/Canada within the last 12 months. Normally you'd have to list all the countries you visited. (For some folks, this step takes a while! ) But now, if you answer that you traveled outside of US/Canada within the last 12 months, they ask a follow-up: have you been outside of US/Canada within the last 3 months? If you answer "no" to the 3-month question, you simply move on with the screening.
I noticed that too...

...but this change in policy would have been significantly more useful when we were all traveling more often instead of during a pandemic...
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Old Nov 6, 20, 5:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Stewie Mac View Post
one positive thing to come from Covid lockdown - I'm not travelling to malarial places, so I can give blood. Donated again today, second time in three months after once in seven years.
Great! We were able to eliminate Malaria in most countries, why is it so hard to eliminate it in Africa?
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Old Nov 19, 20, 9:11 am
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And again - good for the nation's blood stocks, not so good for my airmiles / income / sanity....
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Old Nov 26, 20, 12:02 pm
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We were able to eliminate Malaria in most countries, why is it so hard to eliminate it in Africa?
Also southeast Asia. More mosquito habitat.
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Old Dec 2, 20, 1:03 am
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Great! We were able to eliminate Malaria in most countries, why is it so hard to eliminate it in Africa?
Some areas are remote, the mosquitos can develop resistance to pesticides, insufficient malaria net use and, most importantly, the Plasmodium organism, particularly P. falciparum, is quite adaptive and mutates to become resistant to therapeutics. Chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, malarone, artemisinin, etc. have all succeeded in treatment and prophylaxis for a while, then lost effectiveness.
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Old Feb 12, 21, 7:39 am
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And again - banging them out every twelve weeks..
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Old May 6, 21, 10:00 am
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24 posts on FT in the last year, and 4 of them in this thread - another pint today, my fifth donation in 48 weeks.

Not worth a new post, but another pint last week - holidays knocking me out of my 'every 12 weeks' pattern. And hopefully travel will start up again before the next 12 weeks is up...
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Old Nov 24, 21, 1:50 pm
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Great thing to do! I did it only twice in my life but your post made me think a lot. I guess I will do it again very soon. Thanks
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