This guide will help you find reliable, accurate and current information about the COVID-19 coronavirus.
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 4/14/20
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."
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 . This could change as more is known about the virus.