Can coronavirus be transmitted from humans to animals?

  • According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), the current spread of COVID-19 is human-to-human. There is no evidence to support the theory that companion animals can spread the disease to humans, or that animals such as dogs can become sick from it.
  • Even so, WOAH recommends that because humans and animals can sometimes share diseases known as zoonotic diseases, it is recommended that people who are infected with COVID-19 avoid close contact with their pets.
  • “When handling and caring for animals, basic hygiene measures should always be implemented. This includes hand washing before and after being around or handling animals, their food, or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing, licking or sharing food,” it says. Read more on how to handle the coronavirus outbreak.
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no evidence yet that companion animals or pets can be infected with COVID-19. “However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. This protects you against various common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans,” the WHO has said.


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