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Studies show many infected households have pets with Covid -19 antibodies

The pandemic hasn’t been easy on pets, either — photo by Andrew S

It’s been an emotional roller coaster for the furry ones.

At the very beginning of the pandemic, the news that pets could catch Covid-19 prompted a tragic trend: families afraid of catching the virus were abandoning their pets at shelters.

A few weeks later, the CDC assured us that transmission from pets to humans was sporadic, possibly non-existent, and Spot and Fluffy breathed a sigh of relief.

By April 2020, we were in the height of quarantine mode in the U.S., and suddenly everyone was adopting pets, as Americans found themselves housebound, bored, and anxious.

The widespread adoption trend probably…


FDA Issues Warning After Misuse of Ivermectin Leads to Uptick in 911 Calls for Poisonings

Ivermectin — photo by Taj PharmaImage — CC license

Ivermectin is a well-known medicine that has been used for decades as an antiparasitic and antifungal treatment.

It is FDA approved for use to treat scabies and lice, and has widespread use in low-income and middle-income countries as a treatment for parasitic worms.

It is considered very safe for humans to use in these situations in the prescribed dosage.

It has been noted that ivermectin has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, as well, leading to studies of therapeutic use against outbreaks of yellow fever, dengue fever and other RNA and DNA viral illnesses.

Ivermectin is not approved by the FDA to…


As the Virus has Mutated, So have the Symptoms

Covid-19 ultrastructural morphology-photo by CDC on Unsplash (modified background)

Breakthrough Cases on the Rise

As the information circulates that the vaccines are waning in efficacy, a lot of people are getting nervous. If you were vaccinated in the first set of vaccine roll-outs, between December 2020 and March 2021, you may have cause to be.

The report released by the CDC on August 27 indicates that the protection of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna) may wane to be only 66% effective against the Delta strain of Covid-19 by the six-month mark — a milestone that is looming in the near future for the 53.4 million Americans who were vaccinated by March 30, 2021.

As…


Understanding and Avoiding Them + The Cost of Treatment for a Venomous Bite

Copperhead snakeTodd Pierson-cc wikimedia

While the end of summer is a favorite time of year for a lot of Carolinians, as the sizzling daytime heat slowly subsides, and the evenings inch their way towards porch-sitting weather… there is one down side.

It’s baby copperhead season.

Copperhead females only have one litter per year, most often between mid-August and mid-September — though some babies are a born a bit later, even into October. Each litter can contain anywhere from two to eighteen snakes, and the baby snakes are born live — not hatched from eggs — measuring eight to ten inches long.

They come into…


mRNA Vaccines Face Safety Probe After Reports of New Adverse Effects

photo by Dim Hou on Unsplash

Three New Possible Side Effects

Another bump in the road for the mRNA vaccines.
In June 2021, the FDA required Pfizer-BioNech and Moderna to put a warning label on their vaccines, alerting users to a rare possible side effect of heart inflammation in some individuals. After an intensive study, regulators concluded that the benefits outweighed the risks.

Now, three new possible side effects are being studied in the EU, after reports of adverse reactions to the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines.

  • Erythema multiforme — a dermatological condition causing skin lesions, which may also affect mucous membranes inside the body’s internal cavities. Symptoms include skin or…


A Popular South Carolina Lake Hides a Submerged Town and Cemetery

Lake Jocassee Photo credit Sabrina Setaro CC

Lake Jocassee is one of the true treasures of South Carolina

Tucked away in the foothills of Pickens and Oconee counties, this 7600-acre reservoir holds crystal clear water and boasts 75 miles of shoreline.

Surrounded by 43,000 acres of public access land, the verdantly forested banks are peppered with waterfalls, accessible by both hiking and boating.

Lake Jocassee’s center reaches a depth of 351 feet, making for a rewarding but challenging experience for the fishermen who flock to the area in search of trout and bass.

The lake is also a favorite for boaters, paddlers, and scuba divers, and is…


What you need to know before you go to North Carolina beaches

jellyfish on beach photo by Yuval Zukerman on Unsplash

Beach season is in full swing! You’ve been dreaming of blue skies and sparkling waves, your toes in the sand, and the sun on your skin for way too long! We’ve finally shaken off the worst year in history, and it’s time to celebrate with family and friends! As you pack your beach bag, there are a few things to add, in the event of a jellyfish sting.

What Types of Jellyfish Are in North Carolina?

North Carolina is home to at least a dozen types of creatures we call “jellyfish”, though at least half of them are not true marine jellyfish, but “comb jellyfish”.

Comb jellies don’t…


The Cary, NC Billionaire Who’s Saving Our Forests and Wetlands

Tim Sweeney — photo permission granted by Tim Sweeney

Tim Sweeney is only 50 years old but his accomplishments are staggering

The Cary billionaire, whose net worth was reported by Forbes as $7.4 billion in 2021, is the founder and CEO of Epic Games (of which the game “Fortnite” was born) and the creator of Unreal Engine, a game development platform.

He is the wealthiest man in the state of North Carolina (bypassing another Cary billionaire, James Goodnight, this past April), and he ranks 608th wealthiest in the world.

More importantly, he’s a dedicated conservationist. Originally from Maryland, Sweeney has called North Carolina home since 1999, and he’s taken it upon himself to preserve our wilderness, buying up thousands of acres…


North Carolina offers both beaches and mountains, a low cost of living, and top-notch educational facilities

A road to Pilot Mountain, NC — photo by Wirestock on Freepik

Known as the Tar Heel state, North Carolina is the 28th largest state in the U.S. by area, and ranks 9th highest in population. The diverse geographical features, changing seasons and steady economic growth make it one of the most desired locations to live in America, year after year.

Full of southern charm and rich history, unique architecture and eclectic dining, arts communities, and top-notch schools, the following places rank high in overall resident satisfaction.

Morrisville

A winner of the 2021 All-American City award, Morrisville is a suburb of Raleigh with a population of just under 30,000.

Its central location and…


A newborn fawn “abandoned” in the backyard.

the newborn fawn in our backyard — photo by author

A Baby Named June

We woke up at sunrise on June 1st, and carried our coffee out to the back porch, ready to settle into our chairs and enjoy that special time of day. I find dawn and dusk to be so magical, and our remote property often gifts us with glimpses of wildlife

As the morning light overtook the gloom, and shapes were no longer just shadows, we got the surprise of a lifetime.

There was a tiny fawn nestled in the clover not 20 feet from the deck.

At first we thought it was a rabbit… just the tips of its ears…

Hunter Cabot

Dancing with 7 billion beautiful souls on a rolling Big Blue Marble, and somehow managing to keep my balance! Peace out. Editor of The Big Blue Marble

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