The current COVID-19 pandemic has changed our way of life permanently. There is one thing that's the same: There is currently a lot of misinformation out there about pets and the virus. We want to help our dedicated Pawrents in every way possible, so, we are here to shed light on the situation and provide you with the FACTS. Overall, there appears to be little if any risk of pets spreading the disease to people
The truth is that the answer isn’t as straightforward as we would like. The fact is that COVID-19 is a new mutation of the coronavirus that also causes MERS and SARS. As such, scientists are starting from the bottom trying to understand the characteristics of this strain. However, research has shown that even though there are cases where pets have been infected, they are not aiding in the spread of the virus because they cannot transmit it to us. Based on the findings, the USDA advised:
'Anyone sick with COVID-19 should restrict contact with animals, out of an abundance of caution including pets, during their illness, just as they would with other people. Although there have not been reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. If a sick person must care for a pet or be around animals, they should wash their hands before and after the interaction'
The agency added: “Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19. State animal and public health officials will continue to work closely with USDA and CDC to monitor this situation and will conduct additional testing if it is warranted.”
The American Veterinary Medical Association states: “While two dogs (Hong Kong) and two cats (one in Belgium and one in Hong Kong) living with people diagnosed with COVID-19 have been reported to have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, other dogs and cats also living with infected people remain uninfected.”
The association adds that “infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations continue to agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that, under natural conditions, pets spread COVID-19 to people.”
At the same time, it recommends: “Out of an abundance of caution and until more is known about this virus, if you are ill with COVID-19 you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just as you would restrict your contact with other people.
The lesson here is to continue to practice social distancing, continue washing your hands before and after everything you do, and, continue to do your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. If not for yourself, then for those who cannot protect themselves, and that seems to include our beloved fur babies.
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