Can I get the new coronavirus from my dog Fido or my cat Milo?
There is no evidence that pets transmit the virus to humans.
However, there have been a few cases around the world where animals have likely caught the human virus, according to the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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A four-year-old tiger tested positive at the Bronx Zoo in New York, and officials believe a virus keeper has made the feline sick. Several other lions and tigers have also tested positive at the zoo.
Two domestic cats in different homes in New York City also contracted the virus.
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The cats, who suffered from mild respiratory illnesses and are expected to recover, are said to have contracted the virus from people in their home or neighborhood, the CDC said.
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More research is needed to determine how the coronavirus affects animals. The USDA does not recommend routine testing for pets.
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US authorities, including the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, say that although it appears that some animals may contract the virus, there is no evidence that pets transmit it to humans. .
“Now, obviously, is it impossible? I mean, biologically, no, anything is possible, “Fauci told the Associated Press. “But there is no evidence that we have seen from an epidemiological point of view that pets can be transmitters within a household.” “
The CDC recommends that people prevent their pets from interacting with people or animals outside their homes – by keeping cats inside and dogs out of dog parks, for example.
If you are sick, avoid your furry companions – as you would with people. If you are the sole caretaker of an animal, it is best to wash your hands before and after interacting with it.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:
Health authorities warn against all international travel. Returning travelers are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning on March 26, in case they develop symptoms and prevent the spread of the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to provide self-isolation for people returning to the region.
Symptoms may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible, and keeping two meters away from others if you go out.
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