Blood donation incident explained

July 13, 2020

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)


The chance of contracting COVID-19 from infected blood is very low, the Hospital Authority said today in response to an incident where a person confirmed to have the virus donated blood last week.


The authority’s Chief Manager (Quality & Standards) Dr Lau Ka-hin made the statement during a press briefing this afternoon.


Some of the donated blood was used on a patient at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. That patient is in isolation and will be tested for COVID-19.


Dr Lau said that according to past experiences with severe acute respiratory syndrome and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, the chance of getting infected by infected blood is very low.


However, he said there is a limited experience for COVID-19.


“According to a recent publication in South Korea, they traced the recipients of the infected blood. There was no recipient who was infected by the COVID-19 infected blood.


“So the conclusion by our experts is that the chance is very, very low.”


Meanwhile, Dr Lau pointed out that blood donation centres have stringent rules for screening people who are going to donate blood, including those who were not in Hong Kong, had contact with confirmed cases as well as people with upper respiratory tract infection symptoms and fever.

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