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At 19, Sudarshan Sridharan is no stranger to the business world. The Fort Mill native served as the director of the Youth Project before he turned 18, overseeing projects by young people to combat homelessness in the Southeast.

He then cofounded a cryptocurrency and blockchain consulting firm before moving on to his current for-profit business, Second Reality Interactive, which powers digital watch parties for eSports events.

The Clemson University student runs another company as well: a not-for-profit online business that just launched less than a month ago as a way to help Clemson’s downtown restaurants survive the weight of a quarantine that has left the usually bustling city quiet.

 Tornado damage near Cedar Island and Fairlawn in Moncks Corner, about 30 miles north of Charleston, S.C.
Reagan Prince

It's being called the most significant severe weather outbreak in South Carolina in 12 years and already it's claimed nine lives.

"This is a very rare situation that I've only faced working in different parts of the country several times in my career," said Richard Okulski, the meterologist in charge for the National Weather Service in Columbia.

COVID-19 Briefings from the White House

Apr 10, 2020
Graphic of the Whitehouse
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Live video of White House briefings on the nation's response to the COVID-19  pandemic can be found here daily. Today's briefing will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Schools Continue Online as Coronavirus Spreads

Apr 10, 2020
A Columbia art teacher prepares an art history lesson to be taught remotely as part of the online classes being taught by schools and colleges throughout South Carolina.
Tut Underwood/SC Public Radio

The spread of COVID-19 has forced schools and colleges to offer all classes online for the first time in history to keep them at home and avoid the coronavirus.  Online learning has been going on for a few weeks now, and students and teachers are making the adjustment.  Kierra Gabriel, a student at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, reported "it's pretty different from being in a classroom environment, although we're always on our Chromebooks in class doing work online.  It's different not having the teacher in there."

You're Not Under House Arrest, South Carolina

Apr 9, 2020
South Carolina Public Radio

Some South Carolinians, it seems, are not entirely sure what Gov. Henry McMaster's "work-or-home" order fully means. It essentially means you should stay at home unless you really need to not be there.

But it doesn't mean you're confined to stay inside the house behind locked doors. It also doesn't mean that we're living in a police state.

The Coronavirus and Cancer

Apr 9, 2020
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Chemotherapy is a lot like a wildfire. It takes out everything in its way, including what’s beneficial. So, immune systems drop and lay a person’s entire self bare. It’s why the CDC recommends flu shots for chemotherapy patients every six months, as well as supplemental pneumococcal shots.

But that’s for influenza, which has vaccines ready and waiting for it every winter. COVID-19, of course, has no such thing, at least not yet. And it too is a bit like a wildfire in that it does not discriminate over who or what it touches.

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News from hospitals in much of the United States right now is bad. In major cities like Detroit, in population-dense states like New Jersey, medical staffs are sometimes unable to keep up with the crush of new COVID-19 cases.

Emergencies are gobbling up hospital beds; doctors nurses, and assistants are risking their lives just by going to work; and supplies of personal protective equipment, or PPE, are in some places so bereft, ICU healthcare workers have taken to wearing trash bags and goggles because it was the best they could do.

To date, that kind of thing isn’t consuming South Carolina’s medical facilities. But Dr. Alicia Ribar, interim associate dean of academics, assistant dean for graduate studies, and clinical associate professor at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing, says the college’s working students are worried about when it will be.

COVID-19 Anxiety

Apr 7, 2020
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If you're feeling anxious about the coronavirus pandemic, you're not alone.  More than one third of Americans think it is affecting their mental health, according to a recent study by the American Psychiatric Associaton.

Social distancing to stop the spread has shut down cities and left million without jobs.  Many who are working, are working from home, tackling technology, homeschooling kids and cooking all the family meals.

Daily life is different and stressful.

Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio

As South Carolinians are shut in for who-knows-how-long, they’re looking for ways to occupy their time and still do something positive.

Alexa Sparkman, manager of volunteer programs at Pawmetto Lifeline in Columbia, says her organization has seen a big uptick in adoptions and in requests to foster.

The Y-shaped Vesper ventilation expansion splitter was created by a team of South Carolina doctors and engineers, and can double - even quadruple, in a pinch - the number of COVID-19 patients who can use a single ventilator.
Tut Underwood/SC Public Radio

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, much has been made of the expected shortage of ventilators for COVID-19 patients.  To maximize the patient treatment potential of ventilators in America's hospitals, a team of South Carolina doctors, engineers and other health care professionals has developed a way to double (at least) the capacity of the nation's ventilators while more are being made.

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Premier Medical Laboratory Services in Greenville is the first commercial lab in South Carolina to be validated, via FDA and CDC protocols, to test for COVID-19 in fluid samples.

That’s an increasingly important job as the number of test kits ramps up and the number of people being tested for the coronavirus climbs along with it. But the growing number of tests is putting a lot of pressure on small labs like Premier, which are increasingly tasked with getting results back fast.

South Carolina received a second shipment of Personal protective Equipment, or PPEs, from the federal government, Saturday. The allotment included surgical gowns, face masks and gloves. 

MUSC Creates 3D Printed Protective Mask Anyone Can Make

Mar 31, 2020
John Yost and Joshua Kim model first and second prototypes of 3D printed masks created by a team at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Sarah Pack/ MUSC

If building a personal protection mask that could be mass produced to fight the coronavirus pandemic was a puzzle, Joshua Kim was determined to figure it out.

The 25 year-old is the Senior Designer and Program Coordinator with the Department of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

“That moment was an epiphany moment,” says Kim.  “It was a great moment.”

It was the moment Kim realized he could use an air filter, like those commonly found in home improvement stores, to build a respirator for a mask mimicking the N95 now in demand.

Chester County Sheriff's Office

Of the 39 county sheriff's races on tap satewide this November, the liveliest could be the one in Chester County, where two incumbents will vie to win the office.

Charleston Enacts Stay At Home Ordinance

Mar 25, 2020
King Street in downtown Charleston following the statewide closure of restaurants and bars
Victoria Hansen/ SC Public Radio

The city of Charleston has become the first in the state of South Carolina to enact an ordinance requiring people to stay at home for the next 14 days, except for necessary trips like to the grocery store or pharmacy. The ordinance also closes all non-essential businesses.

Mayor John Tecklenburg says he decided to put the ordinance before the city council Tuesday night for emergency action because the Department of Health and Environmental Control has announced the coronavirus pandemic is in an acceleration phase across the state.

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