Should you donate blood if you have long symptoms of COVID?

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A year and a half after the coronavirus pandemic destroyed our collective lives, our society is grappling with fear and insecurity. As a result, we have seen disinformation spread like wildfire, and many are resorting to bizarre and incorrect methods to combat the virus. With this column, which will be published every Sunday, we aim to answer any health-related or vaccine-related questions our readers may have about the coronavirus pandemic.

In this week’s column, Dr DK Singh, Director and CEO of AIIMS Bathinda (Punjab) answered questions about the Delta variant, the long COVID and donating blood, as well as the third wave.

Will the third wave of COVID-19 be as intense as the second?

If we take precautions and follow the appropriate behavior in COVID, we will not experience a serious third wave. Therefore, the severity of the third wave depends entirely on how we conduct ourselves and follow appropriate behavior in COVID. We must learn from the previous mistakes.

Is it safe to donate blood after infection with COVID-19?

Yes, it is safe to donate blood if you have better hemoglobin levels. Another factor to keep in mind when donating blood after recovery is post-COVID symptoms. If you are still feeling relaxed or showing signs of COVID for a long time, it is advisable not to donate blood immediately for your own good health and better recovery.

How does the Delta variant affect pregnant women?

Delta plus has no additional affinity with pregnant women. They will have the same infection as everyone else. However, it has so far been observed that the severity of delta-induced COVID infection in pregnant women is higher. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Oxford also claims the same. General trends suggest that the Delta variant can lead to premature labor.

How will the delta variant affect people who are fully vaccinated?

Although we have had cases of breakthrough infections, these cases have been mostly mild. Therefore, it is obvious that vaccines are effective and therefore everyone should try to get vaccinated. However, we must remember that while vaccines reduce the risk of infection, appropriate behavior to COVID is still necessary, as no vaccine can guarantee complete protection.

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