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North Greenville University announced Thursday it will open its Tigerville and Greer campuses for in-person instruction beginning on Aug. 20. “We are excited to welcome students back to campus for the fall semester,” NGU President Gene C. Fant Jr. said. “We will overcome these challenging days together as the North Greenville family. Every necessary precaution will be put in place to ensure the safest educational experience is available to the students we serve.” The univ...

The past few months have been characterized by concern and confusion as the world continues to wrangle with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. While doctors, scientists, and medical researchers have been hard at work trying to understand this virus, its mechanisms, and the best ways to combat it, there is still much to learn. These gaps in knowledge have resulted in contradictory statements from public officials and medical experts. At the beginning of this pandemic, for instance, citizens were to...

COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019) has created such a stir around the world in large part because of its novel nature -- simply put, medical experts and researchers still have much to learn about the disease, though new information is being discovered each day. Among the things we do know is that many people may become infected with COVID-19 without presenting any symptoms (asymptomatic transmission), contributing to its high rate of community spread.  Now, as various regions begin to reopen public...

Over the past two months, several regions in the U.S. have made numerous sacrifices to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 spread. These efforts have been largely successful, and many areas are now moving towards the next phase of this pandemic: slowly reopening their economies. This is great news for those who have been furloughed or forced to work at limited capacity during this time. However, returning to work doesn’t mean everything has returned to normal just yet. The risk of transmitting...

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019) pandemic continues, plenty of confusion and concern remains regarding what precautions to take in public and how we should be behaving. Generally speaking, the U.S. government and organizations like the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) have taken a broad, cautious approach to minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19, while states, counties, and towns have come up with more focused guidelines based on their particular circumstances. Businesse...

While much of the country remains in full or partial lockdown due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019) pandemic, many areas have begun preparing to gradually reopen various parts of their economies. Of course, businesses deemed essential have been hard at work throughout this unprecedented time. Whether your facility has stayed open or plans on reopening soon, one issue has most likely been on your mind above all else: how to best keep your business safe and well-guarded against the spread of infe...

One of the guiding theories in economics is the scarcity principle, which states that all goods are limited in supply, but unlimited in demand. This disequilibrium between supply and demand can lead to supply shortages in extreme circumstances, much like the current COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, this global viral outbreak has led to serious supply chain concerns for disinfectant products as businesses across industries seek effective disinfection solutions in greater numbers. To make matt...

As of the end of April 2020, the world has already seen at least 3.2 million cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019), and the numbers continue to rise. Knowing this, it is bizarre to think that not even a few months ago most of us weren’t even aware of such a virus. What seems to have originated in Wuhan, China at the tail end of 2019 managed to spread to several other countries, including the U.S. in just a matter of about four weeks. The rate of this spread says a lot about COVID-19 in parti...

Infectious diseases like coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) affect us all, whether directly or indirectly. And even after businesses resume their normal operations, everyone should adjust their behaviors accordingly. Indeed, health experts believe that COVID-19 is here to stay for the foreseeable future, meaning individuals and institutions must continue to remain vigilant by taking measures to prevent the spread of this illness. Even if your workplace lacks clear guidelines and expectations, it’s wo...

Preventing the spread of infectious diseases is a top priority for all businesses and communal spaces. And during the current pandemic of COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019), infection control has become even more vital.  That said, keeping viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other harmful substances at bay often proves challenging for several reasons. For one, these pathogens are invisible to the human eye, so determining their location is somewhat of a guessing game. Additionally, some illnesses (like C...

While health and safety concerns should always be a business’ top priority, the COVID-19 pandemic has only reinforced the importance of these matters. And as parts of the nation prepare to re-open, now is the right time to analyze the health risks and protocols of your facility. Having an overview of the level of risk your business has to its peoples’ health is the first step to ensuring a safe, hygienic work environment. Every industry and company will take a slightly different approach to ...

As the federal and state governments have begun to unveil their plans and timeframes for kicking society back into gear following COVID-19, many businesses now face an unprecedented challenge: how to safely and efficiently return to work in this strange new normal.  No industry will come back completely unscathed -- most schools won’t resume until the Fall at the earliest, many manufacturing plants will have to find ways to resume operations after weeks of lost ground, and those who work i...

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