Progress In a Pandemic: How MediaSource and Our President are Forging Ahead

By Lisa Arledge Powell, President

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than two months since I tested positive for COVID-19. 

A lot has changed since then, from the news cycle and the way businesses operate to how we’re defining the coronavirus. 

But for me, my goals have stayed the same. Rather than moving on and considering myself lucky for not having serious symptoms, I’ve been exploring ways to do something that would make a difference. First it was speaking out about my experience, then it was sharing how others can adapt to the new normal. Now, I’m trying to help researchers fighting against the disease.

In May, I decided to donate plasma through the American Red Cross. According to the Red Cross, people who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have the potential for antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. That plasma is being evaluated for treatment of new COVID-19 patients who have serious symptoms or fall into high-risk categories.

If there was even the slightest chance that my plasma could help, I knew I had to give it a shot.

I had never donated blood before and really didn’t know what to expect. I’m also a little needle-phobic, so I was plenty nervous beforehand. But the folks with the American Red Cross made it very easy on me, and I’m glad I was able to overcome a small fear of mine to give something back. 

Hopefully, taking a few hours out of my day will help someone who is suffering from coronavirus and needs treatment. 

MediaSource works with a variety of health-oriented clients — The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, UCLA Health and more — so I wanted to be sure that I did something to show my support and do my part to provide even a small amount of help. With COVID-19, there are so many things that are out of everyone’s control, so it was nice to have something small that was in my control and could potentially help someone else. 

But I’m not done donating my plasma just yet! 

Due to our working relationship with Ohio State, I was made aware of a national research study that included OSUWMC. Because I’m a relatively rare example of a healthy person who was confirmed to previously have COVID-19, I’m slated to donate my plasma to their cause as well, hopefully helping others down the line. 

Meanwhile, back at MediaSource, we’re still adapting and rising to the challenge. Our team is still working from home — we’re not in a rush to put anyone at risk by returning to a close-quarters environment. We’ve been able to adapt our filming and production procedures to ensure safety, we’ve continued to hold socially-distanced events for our team and we’re figuring things out as we go. 

The future looks bright, and I know that I’m doing what I can for myself, my employees and my community to help us all overcome COVID-19. 

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