SARS-CoV-2 is a virus that causes the disease called COVID-19. This disease is known to be considered zoonotic, that is, it has "jumped" from animals to humans. Although there is still debate as to whether the vector animal has been the pangolin, the bat or some other. The months that have passed since it was declared a pandemic seem eternal, but in terms of scientific research, much more time is needed to find out more about the coronavirus in animals.
Therefore, there may be people who think that there may also be a 'jump' from the coronavirus in animals to humans through pets, specifically dogs and cats, which are the most common companion animals in homes. However, no cases have been found of people being infected through their pets.
What have health authorities said about the coronavirus in animals?
Among the OMSA statements on coronavirus in animals is the following:
- There is no scientific evidence that cats or dogs are a source of infection to humans.
- There is no evidence that dogs get sick, and neither do cats (investigations are ongoing from them because an isolated case has been documented).
- Either way, you must follow the care and hygiene protocols, such as frequent hand washing, sanitizing your environment and the use of personal protection such as surgical masks.
Consequently, your pet will not infect you with Covid, nor will it become ill or spread it. Therefore, the authorities firmly point out that adequate information will avoid situations of abandonment, mistreatment or even sacrifice of dogs and cats, which they point out on their page as "inadmissible and is not, under any circumstances, the solution to the COVID pandemic- 19. Neither is the sacrifice of animals. If anything, the recommendation is that in case you get sick from Covid, limit contact with your pets.
What about cats that have tested positive for COVID-19?
It is true that there have been cases (very few) of cats that have tested positive for Covid, and these are cases in which they have been in contact with infected people or that are laboratory animals that have been inoculated with the virus. Although the investigation is ongoing, to date there is no evidence that a cat transmits the virus to its owner or another person. And even if you do get it, you don't need to quarantine your pet and you don't need to put a mask on it.
With regard to dogs, there is to date no evidence that they infect humans with Covid. In Belgium and Hong Kong, two cases of dogs with coronavirus infection were reported. As with the cats, it was close exposure to their owners who were infected. Notably, they showed no signs of the disease and it was only known from a very thorough test.
As a curious fact, in one of the cases of coronavirus in animals it was two dogs that lived together, one tested positive and the other did not. Before any change in your pet, contact your veterinarian. Regarding walks with pets, it is allowed, but do so with the necessary precautions such as using a surgical mask, wash your hands before and after interacting with your pet, collect their feces in the street (you should know that the virus is not transmitted through feces either) and make sure to clean the paws and muzzle well with water or a wet wipe when returning to home.
The WHO also points out the benefits of having a pet during this pandemic. In the case of COVID-19, it is a disease that has isolated us in various ways and has increased stress levels. There are many people who are home alone, which increases depression. On the other hand, the presence and accompaniment of pets helps a lot to alleviate these situations during confinement and social distancing.
How do I protect myself against the coronavirus?
In addition to the measures already mentioned, such as cleaning your pet's legs well when you return home with water or a wipe, wiping it with a well-squeezed cloth with a slightly soapy solution is also an option. As we mentioned, do not put a mask on your dog or cat, because it will not serve them and it will interfere with their breathing, especially if they are a snub-nosed breed.
In your case, especially when going for a walk with your dog, yes it is very important that you protect yourself by using a surgical mask (which is also mandatory in Spain) and avoiding places with a large influx of people. For this, it is highly recommended that you always have surgical masks available at home, which are light, allow you to breathe even if you are going to run with your dog. they are economical, 99% effective, approved and recommended by the health authorities.
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