Now that we have direct confirmation that cats can be infected with the SARS-CoV2 virus, which causes Covid-19, certain questions need to be answered. [see CDC report by clicking the link below].
Question 1: Can cats transmit the virus to humans?
The CDC says that there is no evidence for this.
Question 2: Could other pets become infected or harbor and transmit SARS-CoV2?
We have no idea yet, but common sense would seem to indicate that dogs may not carry the same risk, given that they are the most prevalent domesticated animal and tend to share secretions (saliva) more readily than cats, but have not shown respiratory symptoms. Having said that, common sense has not helped much with any other aspect of Covid-19, so we all just really need to think critically for ourselves.
Question 3: Do we need to distance from cats or wear masks and gloves when handling them?
Again, the CDC does not recommend taking any such precautions at this time, though they do recommend keeping cats inside and away from other animals or people. They also recommend avoiding dog parks.
The CDC recommends that if you are sick, avoid contact with pets just like you would with people.
Read the CDC’s media statement by clicking the link below.
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Justin Groode MD | Co-Founder of Patient Advocate Alliance LLC