WHO Now Says Pets Can Carry COVID-19

March 17, 2020
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The World Health Organization had said that pets are immune to COVID-19 (coronavirus). However as of last Friday, that statement has been revised to state that, yes, pets can catch the virus. The revised stance comes in the wake of an infected dog being found in Hong Kong. The dog tested positive after remaining with its owners who were sick with the virus. The dog wasn’t showing any clinical signs of the disease, according to a report from World Organization for Animal Health. There’s no evidence that dogs can spread the disease or that the disease can cause an animal to fall ill, the organization says, though further studies may bring new findings. The organization advises pet owners infected or susceptible of being infected with the coronavirus to avoid close contact with their pets and have another member of the household care for the animals. If they must look after their pet, they should maintain good hygiene practices and wear a face mask if possible. More information regarding pet health amid the epidemic can be found on their website.

SOURCE: QZ

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