Update 7-27-20: Monmouth University has just published its reopening plan for fall 2020 --- check frequently for updates.
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Per the Centers for Disease Control, "Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with... this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2)." The illness caused by this virus is known as "coronavirus disease 2019," or COVID-19.
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How does COVID-19 affect my pet? -updated 7/22/20-
Both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have updated advisories that "there is a possibility for some animals to become infected through close contact with infected humans." Studies are underway analyzing the susceptibility of different animal species to the COVID-19 virus and to assess how transmission may occur. However, the predominant mode of transmission remains human to human, and per the OIE, "there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare."
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has an updated advisory that felines are susceptible to COVID-19, but that companion dogs and cats show no signs of illness. It is still not known how likely it is that an exposed companion animal may contract COVID-19. Transmission of the virus from animals to humans is still under study, however, as a COVID-19 positive human may infect some companion animal species.
Per the CDC, people with COVID-19 should avoid contact with pets, and both the CDC and the WSAVA advise that pet owners who are ill should wear protective masks and gloves when interacting with their pets due to early information suggesting possibility of human to animal spread. This could change as more is known about the virus.