Queue (queue) wrote,

Mad cow

I can't give blood. I lived in the UK in 1981 for a year, and you can't give blood if you've spent a total of 3 months in the UK since January 1, 1980. You also can't give blood if you've spent a total of 6 months in the UK and some other European countries. I didn't check the list, since I was already disqualified at that point. If you haven't given blood in a while, you may want to review the rules for donating if you decide to do it. I'm sure they're up on the Red Cross's Web site.

I guess I'm a little relieved that I won't be getting stuck with a needle, but I'm mostly disappointed. Is it really that much of a threat? Can they not screen for that kind of thing? It seems like this would severely cut their blood supply. I suppose they have something on their Web site about it, but I don't care enough about it to check.

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