Following the emergence of a number of cases of animals also suffering from Covid-19, the CDC has expanded its guidelines on social distancing from pets.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending that pet owners that the animals they keep indoors follow the same rules of social exclusion as humans during the Covid pandemic. 19, including keeping some distance from their other 4-legged “friends”.
Charis shows his dog how to protect himself from the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Photo: Gabriella Bass
Treat animals like other human members of your family – don’t let animals come in contact with humans or other animals outside your home, ”the CDC said in a recommendation.
“If a family member has an illness, isolate them from other people and pets.”
He also recommends that owners avoid taking their dogs for walks in parks or public places where people and other dogs are crowded.
The above recommendation is made following the appearance of cases of animals also infected with Covid-19 following exposure to people who are seropositive to SARS-CoV-2.
Last week, two cats in New York City tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. On April 27, a dog from North Carolina also became the first dog in the United States to test positive for the virus.
The first animal case of Covid-19 in the United States was a 4-year-old tiger from the Bronz Zoo named Nadia, who was reportedly infected by a zookeeper.
According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, 4 tigers and 3 other lions were also positive for SARS-CoV-2. All are currently being recovered.
While there are a few cases of human-to-animal transmission, the CDC pointed out that there is currently no evidence that animals play a significant role in transmitting the virus to humans.
“The first cases are believed to be linked to a wildlife market, but the SARS-CoV-2 virus is predominantly human-to-human. Based on currently limited information, the risk is manageable. The thing that transmits Covid-19 to humans is considered weak, ”the CDC explains.
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