Dogs and cats can not be infected with coronavirus 19. Thus, they can not transmit it to humans, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
“Like previous SARS viruses, Covid-19 transmits primarily through droplets of coughing, sneezing, saliva, or discharge from the nose. While pets generate droplets quite easily, there are significant barriers for the virus to jump from humans to animals, and vice versa,” vetmed.ucdavis reported.
But local officials in Zhejiang province in China where many residents tested positive for covid 19 “asked all residents to quarantine animals and slaughtered all stray dogs on the street. Another village in China made a similar rule at the end of January to kill animals to contain the spread of the virus,” vetmed.ucdavis noted.
This prompted WHO to issue this statement:
“At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.”
“Covid-19 is thought to have originated from dead animal flesh in a market in Wuhan, which eventually spread to humans. But live animals seem to be safe,” vetmed.ucdavis said.
“Although it was reported that pet dog in Hong Kong has tested ‘weak positive’ for coronavirus and had been quarantined, WHO advises that it’s pet owners, rather than pets, that are at risk of spreading it, “ vetmed.ucdavis added.
Canine and feline core vaccines
There is such a thing as canine corona virus (in dogs) and feline corona virus (in cats). But these kinds of viruses can not be transmitted by pets to humans.
Pets are protected against these viruses through their core vaccines.
Key points on corona virus
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) in the United States stressed the following:
“Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in certain types of animals.
Coronaviruses that infect animals can become able to infect people, but this is rare.
We do not know the exact source of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).”
We do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.
We do not have evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products imported pose a risk for spreading the 2019 novel coronavirus in the United States.”
How to stay healthy around animals
CDCP stressed that there is no evidence to suggest that animals (pets, livestock, or wildlife) can be a source of Covid 19 infection at this time in the United States.
But animals can carry germs that can make people sick, thus it is important to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals.
CDCP said these habits are:
1. Washing hands after handling animals, their food, waste, or supplies.
2. Practicing good pet hygiene and cleaning up after pets properly.
3. Taking pets to the veterinarian regularly and talking to the vet if you have questions about your pet’s health.
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