Covid19 and Dogs – do they have a connection, are there reports that suggests that dogs test covid positive and also carry the ability to transmit the disease?
Well, according to Centre for Diseases Control, there is no strong data to know the exact source of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but we know that it originally came from an animal, likely a bat.
Currently, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to people.
Based on the available information to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be not of great concern.
We know that companion animals like cats and dogs, big cats in zoos or sanctuaries, gorillas in zoos, mink on farms, and a few other mammals can be infected with SARS-CoV-2, but we don’t yet know all of the animals that can get infected. There have been reports of animals infected with the virus worldwide. Most of these animals became infected after contact with people with COVID-19.
Extensive studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.
Experts and health organisation say they are still learning about this virus, yet there are indications that it can spread from people to animals in some situations, especially during close contact.
People with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, including pets, livestock, and wildlife.
SARS-CoV-2 spreads easily from person to person. People who are physically near (within 6 feet) a person with COVID-19 or have direct contact with that person are at greatest risk of infection.
At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading SARS-CoV-2 to people. Based on the available information to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low. More studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by SARS-CoV-2.