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Can dogs get COVID-19?

The covid-19 has sent the world into a meltdown, caused hindrances in everyday life, and permanently changed the way people used to interact with each other. During its first outbreak, not much was known about the virus but as time passes, a lot is being known.

Research has now shown that pets can get the virus from their owners, yes, you read that right! Contrary to popular belief, dogs and cats can get viruses from their owners who have the illness. In this research, swabs were taken from pets in 196 infected households and it was seen that there were six cats and seven dogs that were positive for COVID-19. On the other hand, 54 animals tested positive for antibodies.

This all suggests that if you test positive for the virus, stay as far away from your pet as you possibly can. Isolate yourself from your cat or dog, like you have isolated yourself from other people. On the other hand, it is not possible to get COVID-19 from your pet. The animals that have tested positive are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.

Many people started abandoning their pets, or some ruthless people killed them because they thought their cats or canines could give them coronavirus. However, that is not the way it is, and it is actually the other way around. You could give the virus to your dogs. Researchers and doctors think that it is unlikely that these animals will play a role in ‘spreading’ the virus.

Hence, if you do test positive, the ideal thing to do is avoid contact with your pet, and other family members unless you have tested negative. The pandemic has definitely changed the way we live life, and the only way to defeat it is if everyone follows the directions and SOPs put forth by the authorities.

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