Expert: Odds of Catching COVID from Pets are Slim

Although information about COVID-19 seems to change constantly, researchers still believe the odds of catching the virus from animals are slim at best.

“Based on limited information available to date, the risk of animals, including pets, spreading Covid-19 to people is considered to be low,” says Dr. Casey Barton Behravesh of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That’s not to say animals can’t carry the coronavirus, Behravesh adds. “As of the middle of January, we’re aware of 187 animals from 22 countries with a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection,” she says, adding that dogs and cats make up most of the animal cases.

Have you tried to have less physical contact with your pet since the pandemic began?

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