Coronavirus or Covid-19 as it is popularly referred to is one virus that has infected millions of people around the globe, and it has killed thousands of individuals in several countries. The truth is, you must have exhausted your time reading numerous articles and posts online, yet you still have several questions that are not yet answered or ones you’ve not really thought about.
In this article, we will be considering one of the scarcely asked question and the truth about this question. Can Covid-19 be transmitted from animals to humans? This is important, and you must pay close attention to the details to be provided in this article.
What do we know about Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a family virus that has origins that can be traced to animals. In fact, Covid-19 (SARS-COV-2) is new in this family, and several reports have suggested that it came into the scene with contact with bat, or other yet to be known animals.
While the research on the origin of this virus remains unknown, there are reasons why we should be careful around pets and animals at the moment.
Can Coronavirus be transmitted from pets and animals to humans?
Sadly, the answer tilts more towards yes than no. You may not have read this before, but that is the new and sad reality. Dogs and cats, especially the domestic cats and tigers who have come in contact with infected humans, have tested positive to Covid-19.
Ferrets, a domesticated form of the European polecat, a mammal belonging to the same genus as the weasel, Mustela, in the family Mustelidae has also appeared to be susceptible to the infection of this virus.
Both ferrets and cats that are infected have also been able to transmit the virus to animals of the same species. Although, there is no solid evidence that it can be transferred to humans, as there is no enough test carried out on that at the moment.
It is also not obvious if the sharp increase in the number of cases has been influenced by animals spreading the virus. For now, the known mode of transmission includes through contact with an infected person, or when they sneeze, cough, or speak and droplets fall from them to an uninfected person.
What to do?
In the light of this yet to be clearly known evidence, the recommendation is that if you’re infected, or know someone who is infected, try and limit or completely avoid contact with their pets until more evidence is available.
If you have to deal with pets and animals that have been exposed to this virus, make sure you wash your hands well after handling and caring for these animals.
You should carry out basic hygiene measures when you come in contact with animals. Avoid kissing, licking, or sharing food with pets at the moment. Until the evidence is more pronounced, try and keep yourself protected.