World Blood Donor Day 2020: Theme, significance, common myths busted!

June 14th marks the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner, who discovered the ABO blood group system.

This day is celebrated to encourage and acknowledge all the blood donators across the world.

Here are some important facts and details to make you more aware about this day-

The celebration of this day was initiated in 2004 by the world health organisation, the international World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to encourage and make people more aware about this humanitarian deed.

In May 2015, WHO along with its 192 member states established this day as World Blood Donor Day with the aim of getting more people to donate blood.

THEME-

This year’s theme is ‘Safe Blood Saves Lives’.

Slogan of Blood Donation Day is ‘Give Blood And Make The World A Healthier Place’. This year WHO announced a virtual rally for COVID-19 pandemic.

YOUR COMMON MYTHS BUSTED!

Donating blood is not only a noble thing to do but is also safe.

X It causes immense pain

Blood donation is nothing more than a prick. It is not painful and gives you an extraordinary amount of satisfaction because you are saving someone’s life and doing a good deed.

X It makes the person weak

This is not true because you only feel slight amounts of fatigue for about 2 days maximum. You can also resume normal activities in about 12 hours.

X It can cause infection

This is one of the most prominent myths about blood donation but this is not true at all. The equipment used is new and sterilised beforehand. Everyone is extremely careful and precautious and know that they need to take adequate care of a person who has taken time out to donate blood. They work according to proper standards of clean and new equipment.

X It takes a lot of time

Blood donation only takes about 15 to 30 minutes. You get a thanks message following your donation to recognise your effort and good deed. We can always take out some time from our lives to help and save lives just as a part of humanity and man-to-man relations.

X The liquid content in the body goes down

The body definitely feels a little low on energy but gains the energy within 2 days. You should just have a lot of liquid and your body would do the rest by producing blood cells.

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