“If you have COVID-19, you should avoid contact with your cat or dog, just as you would do with other people.”
That’s according to Els Broens, professor at the Netherlands’ Utrecht University, who studied dogs and cats that tested positive for COVID-19. She said the main concern is not the animals’ health as they had “no or mild symptoms of COVID-19.”
Instead, the chair of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases highlighted “the potential risk that pets could act as a reservoir of the virus and reintroduce it into the human population.”
But research shows it is unlikely, as most coronavirus cases among animals are from contact with humans, rather than the other way around.
Research showed COVID-19 is common in pets whose owners contracted the virus and scientists believe a better understanding of animal infections is needed as vaccinations and other measures reduce human-to-human transmission of the virus.