Can I contract COVID-19 from my cat or dog?


Current reports link the outbreak of COVID-19 to a live animal market in Wuhan, China but the virus has primarily been spreading from person to person. Having said this, new research concerning the link between COVID-19 and our pets presents interesting results.  

The CDC reports that a very small number of household pets such as dogs and cats has contracted the virus after close contact with people with COVID-19.

In terms of other animal species, the CDC says that recent studies show that cats and Golden Syrian hamsters can be experimentally infected with the virus and can spread the infection to other animals of the same species in a laboratory setting.

On the other hand, pigs, chickens, and ducks did not become infected or spread the infection based on the results of these studies.

While further testing is being conducted, there is currently no evidence that suggests that humans can contract the virus from their pets.

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