We have all been required to make adjustments in our everyday lives due to COVID-19, but one area you may not have considered is the nation’s vital blood supply.
As social distancing has become the norm and people are staying home, there have been an unprecedented amount of blood drive cancellations. Luckily, local Florida blood center OneBlood has not given up. Instead, by taking the necessary precautions to help prevent further spread of coronavirus, OneBlood has continued to make donating blood a safe and comforting process.
JK2 Construction and JK2 Scenic were proud to have recently partnered with OneBlood to host the Big Red Bus for a blood drive. They have always been dedicated to giving back to the community and there’s no better time than now.
“Blood is our lifeline; it courses through each and every one of us and has an unfortunately short shelf life, so I encourage those who are eligible to donate to please do so, especially during this time of uncertainty,” said Scott Archey, Preconstruction Manager at JK2.
These facts underscore just how vital your donation is.
- Blood donations have an expiration date of 42 days.
- 4.5 million Americans would perish each year without lifesaving blood transfusions.
- 43,000 pints of blood are used daily in North America.
- One pint of your blood has the potential to save up to three lives.
It is equally important for those who have already contracted the coronavirus and have recovered to reach out to their nearest blood center and make their donation. With support from the American Red Cross, OneBlood has been resolute in supporting Convalescent Plasma therapy (CP), an experimental treatment approved by the FDA to aid those who are experiencing life-threatening coronavirus infections. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, CP is obtained by collecting whole blood or plasma from a patient who has a survived a previous infection and developed humoral immunity against the pathogen responsible for the disease in question.
We at JK2 are proud to stand with the heroes in our community who continue to push for the life-saving gift of blood and we encourage you to join us.