Tested positive for COVID-19 – stay away from your pets

Scientists are fearful that people who have been tested positive for COVID-19 should avoid contact with their pets, as the virus could pass on to other people.

Dutch scientists from Utrecht University have conveyed that an animal such as a cat or a dog, may hold COVID-19 from humans, which thus may be spreadable back to humans.

Dr Els Broens from the university explained: “If you have COVID , you should avoid contact with your cat or dog, just as you would do with other people”.

“The main concern, however, is not the animals’ health – they had no or mild symptoms of Covid-19 – but the potential risk that pets could act as a reservoir of the virus and reintroduce it into the human population”.

The BBC and ITV  have both stated that a study which was presented in the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases involved taking swabs from 310 pets in 196 households – households that were contaminated with the virus. The study concluded that six cats and seven dogs with positive PCR results, with a further 54 animals having antibodies of the virus.

Dr. Broens further conveyed “we can’t say there is a 0% risk of owners catching COVID from their pets”.

“At the moment, the pandemic is still being driven by human-to-human infections, so we just wouldn’t detect it.”

Surprisingly, countries including Russia have started to vaccinate animals against the disease. However, the vaccination rate for humans in Russia is low, compared to the UK or the USA.

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