Pet cannot spread coronavirus to human: WHO
Published: 03:39 PM, 6 July 2020
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Although evidence of coronavirus transmission from humans to other pets (dogs, cats, tigers) has been found, no evidence of coronavirus transmission from pets to humans has yet been found. This was stated in response to a recent question on the World Health Organization’s website.
Coronavirus is transmitted from humans to animals, such as dogs and cats, but they do not spread the infection to other humans. But animal to animal spread evidence has been found.
“Several dogs and cats (domestic cats and tigers) in contact with infected humans have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, ferrets appear to be susceptible to the infection. In experimental conditions, both cats and ferrets were able to transmit infection to other animals of the same species. However, there is no evidence that these animals can transmit the disease to humans and spread COVID-19,” WHO wrote in the reply.
Coronavirus is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. It is still recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 and people who are at risk limit contact with companion and other animals. When handling and caring for animals, basic hygiene measures should always be implemented. This includes hand washing after handling animals, their food or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing, licking, or sharing food.