February 18, 2021
The issue on everyone’s mind is COVID-19 and what they can do to keep their loved ones safe. For pet people, of course, this includes their furry companions. Does COVID-19 affect pets? Can you get it from them? Do extra measures need to be taken to protect them?
We’ve checked info from the WHO (World Health Organisation) and OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) to get you answers.
Can pets transmit COVID-19?
No, the WHO has stated that there is no evidence that a pet can transmit COVID-19 to humans. The current pandemic is a result of human-to-human transmission. When a person infected by COVID-19 sneezes, coughs or even speaks, droplets produced by that person can transmit the virus to other people.
Wait, wasn’t there a dog in China that tested positive?
Yes, a dog in Hong-Kong tested a weak positive for COVID-19 and the authorities say that it was a case of HUMAN-to-dog transmission. The munchkin’s family had COVID-19 and due to close exposure, he tested positive. Don’t worry, he did not display any signs of the disease and was absolutely fine. While the scientific community is still learning about this disease, there is no evidence that it harms pets.
So the answer is still – No, you cannot catch COVID-19 from your pets and they cannot transmit the disease. To quote OIE “there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.” You can read the report via World Organisation for Animal Health linked below.
Should you be doing something?
Yes, don’t panic. Look to reliable sources of information like the WHO for your updates rather than sensationalized media articles. Also,
For your pets:
For your relatives/friends & community:
General information about COVID-19
How do we beat this?
The scientific community is working very hard to find ways to beat COVID-19. In the meantime, China has seen the tide turning with fewer and fewer new cases being reported as of March 2020. Taking the necessary precautions and limiting contact to prevent transmission is crucial. So, even if you can’t see physical evidence of it being around you, try to work from home, postpone parties and stay in for a week or two. Prevention is better, right? Let’s be sensible and we can get through this with minimum damage to our communities. Remember to keep calm, use face masks and wash those hands!