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The American Red Cross, which provides 40 percent of the nation’s blood, says supplies are dangerously low. Some hospitals are canceling elective surgery, while others report nearly running out of blood. Photo courtesy Nguyễn Hiệp on Unsplash

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EXPLAINER: Blood Supplies Run Short, Affecting Patient Care

After the holidays, it’s normal for the nationwide supply of life-saving blood to dwindle at hospitals and blood banks as donations slow. This year, with fears about COVID-19 and the …


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