COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that leads to symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. Symptoms can range widely, from mild to severe. Due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing — putting space between yourself and others to reduce the spread of illness — has become common. For many people, that includes avoiding public spaces. It also has led to cancellation of community blood drives that many blood banks rely on.