Experts Say the Odds of Catching COVID from Your Pets are Slim

Although information about COVID-19 seems to change constantly, researchers say the odds of catching the virus from your pets is slim at best.

Dr. Casey Barton Behravesh of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says:

“Based on limited information available to date, the risk of animals, including pets, spreading Covid-19 to people is considered to be low."

However, Behravesh says that doesn't mean animals can’t carry the coronavirus.

“As of the middle of January, we're aware of 187 animals from 22 countries with a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection.”

She says that dogs and cats make up most of the animal cases with 93 known cases in the US and 53 percent of the animals showed no symptoms.

The other 47 percent have experienced symptoms almost identical to what human adults get which are respiratory problems, fever, lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea.

Behravesh recommends that if you can, to keep your distance just to be safe.

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