Animals have also come: Cats and dogs will be tested for coronavirus!

If the animal passes the test, it must remain in quarantine at home.

As we experienced the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, concerns were raised about the transmission of the virus from pets to humans. However, scientists have not yet confirmed that the disease COVID-19 is transmitted to a domestic animal and subsequently to humans.

Stroking the dog

However, veterinarian Martina Karasová warned that coronavirus can be transmitted in the fur of an animal that has come into contact with a patient. Therefore, dog owners should be careful not to let strangers pet the dog during the walk. If the dog owner does not allow you to pet his pet, you should respect it. Nevertheless, we touch various surfaces with our hands during the day.

“The virus is able to survive for several hours on various materials, such as plastics, paper or metal. Therefore, it is assumed that the same transmission is possible through the fur, “ Karas explains.

This is also the case in South Korea, where pet owners are advised to keep their pets at least two meters away from people and other pets during the walk.

Testing pets

In the capital Seoul, domestic cats and dogs will even begin testing for the presence of Covid-19 if they show symptoms. The portal informs about it BBC News. The decision comes weeks after the country reported the first case of Covid-19 in a kitten animal. However, the medics suspected that the virus was transmitted to the kitten by the animal’s owner and her daughter. Both tested positive for Covid-19.

“Only pets that show symptoms such as fever or difficulty breathing after exposure to human virus viruses will be tested.” reports BBC News.

If the animal passes the test, it must remain in quarantine at home. The authorities emphasize that given that there is no evidence of the virus spreading among humans and pets, stay in the isolation facility is not necessary. However, cases have been reported in which cats transmitted the virus to each other.

“Worldwide, several pets have tested positive for the virus, although such cases are generally quite rare.” adds BBC News.

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