When the news of a highly infectious virus (known as a coronavirus and named COVID-19) spreading from Wuhan, China broke out, tons of people fled China, abandoning their homes and pets. Still others, afraid of that pets may become carriers of the virus, threw their pets out of their homes in a state of panic.
Currently, the number of infected people in the world is nearing 50,000, and the death toll has climbed up to over 1,000 internationally.
Given the seriousness, it’s normal to be fearful. But let’s get educated. Can pets really catch and spread the coronavirus?
No, there is no evidence that pets can spread the coronavirus.
Although the virus was traced back to a seafood market in Wuhan and originated from wild animals, there is no proof that pets can carry the virus. The misunderstanding may have occurred because of the links with animals. But the source is likely to be wildlife. Plus, such markets typically see overcrowding and the display of different exotic animals.
While the start of this virus is probably due to it jumping from a wildlife species to humans, its current infectious spread is through human-to-human transmission.
The WHO also says:
Based on available information, it is not known if the 2019-nCoV has any impact on the health of animals and no particular event has been reported in any species.
Pets at home won’t spread coronavirus, but good to wash hands with soap regularly.
Even with such a recommendation, businesses who breathing masks for dogs are profiteering from the situation.
We hope you don’t rush out to get any.
Here in Singapore, we also experienced some level of panic in our supermarkets. People headed out to buy items like toilet paper, rice, and instant noodles in fear that the city will experience a lockdown. Of course, there is no shortage of supply or news of a potential lockdown as Singapore is amply prepared for such crises.
Thankfully, there aren’t news of people abandoning their pets due to the virus here in Singapore.
Let’s just do our part to wash our hands with soap more regularly, and isolate ourselves when we are ill. It’s also a good idea to clean floors and surfaces with disinfecting solutions more regularly.
The bright side of staying at home more is that we can spend more time with our furkids!