Study finds Your Dog,Cat can get CoVid-19 from you.
Coronavirus are common for Dogs and Cats as like as Human. Alpha-coronavirus (Alpha-CoV) are the first of the four genera (Alpha-, Beta-, Gamma-, and Delta-) of coronavirus. It is in the subfamily Coronavirinae of the family Coronaviridae. Coronaviruses are enveloped, positive-sense, single-stranded RNA viruses that include both human and zoonotic species
Alphacoronavirus, feline coronavirus (FCoV) and canine coronavirus (CCoV), are known to exist in two serotypes.
Coronaviruses can be transmitted from animals to humans. Bats can be reservoir hosts for viruses which can cross species barriers to infect humans and other domestic and wild mammals.
In the last two major coronavirus outbreaks that were transmitted to humans, transmission occurred through intermediate hosts: the masked palm civet (SARS) and dromedary camels (MERS).
Can my Dog or Cat contract the coronavirus?
A very small number of animals have been reported to be infected with the virus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 after close contact with people who had COVID-19. It’s important to remember that viruses can sometimes infect a species but not cause illness in that species, nor become transmissible to others. If you want to be very cautious, don’t let other people outside of your household handle your pets at this time—the exception being if your pet needs veterinary care. Since we have all been asked to stay 6 feet away from other people when out of our homes, this is achievable.
In late April, a pug belonging to a pediatrician participating in a COVID-19 study at Duke University was reported to have tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2 through an oral swab test. The dog never tested positive via blood tests, so this case is no longer considered a positive case. There is currently no evidence that pets can be a source of COVID-19 infection in humans or that the virus causes serious disease in dogs. If your dog is usually at home and doesn’t contact other dogs or people, and no one in your household has COVID-19, the odds that your dog would become infected are highly unlikely. If you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, have someone else care for your dog, if possible, and wash your hands thoroughly before and after contact.
A letter in the New England Journal of Medicine discussed a limited study of cats which showed it was possible for felines to transmit the SARS-CoV-2 virus to other cats. It calls for more study, including about the possibility of cat to human transmission, as “cats may be a silent intermediate host of SARS-CoV-2, because infected cats may not show any appreciable symptoms that might be recognized by their owners.” In an entry on his Worms and Germs blog, Dr. Scott Weese discusses this experimental study. Questions about its methodology notwithstanding, Dr. Weese agrees that “there is a public health need to recognize and further investigate the potential chain of human–cat–human transmission.” The AVMA states that experimentally induced infections do not mirror naturally induced infections. The CDC says that, based on the limited information available so far, the risk of pets spreading coronavirus to people is low.
In late April, the CDC and USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory announced that two cats from separate households in New York state tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Both were believed to contract the virus through contact with people who were infected. The cats had mild respiratory illness and are expected to make a full recovery.
These findings are not surprising to scientists and veterinarians due to feline susceptibility to coronaviruses. Cat owners should be informed, but not concerned, and certainly you should not stop interacting with or caring for your cat, particularly if you are well. Out of an abundance of caution, you may want to keep your cat inside away from other cats. If you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, have someone else care for your cat, if possible, and wash your hands thoroughly before and after contact.
BJP MP Maneka Gandhisaid cats cannot transmit coronavirus and people should not stop feeding them. Earlier, Maneka had posted on her social media about how people are abandoning their pet due to coronavirus. Maneka had urged people to not abandon their pets.
Can my Dog or Cat infect me with Coronavirus?
Transmission primarily occurs person-to-person when there is contact with an infected person’s bodily secretions, such as saliva or mucus droplets in a cough or sneeze. Transmission via touching a contaminated surface or object (also called a fomite) and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes is also possible, but appears to be a secondary route. The viruses transmit smooth surfaces better than non smooth surface like pet fur.
If you want to be very cautious, don’t let other people outside of your household handle your pets at this time—the exception being if your pet needs veterinary care. Since we have all been asked to stay 6 feet away from other people when out of our homes, this is achievable.
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My name is Robi-ul, and I’m one of the main writers here at Pup In Tub.
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