- Scientists found out that cats are more vulnerable on contracting the virus than other pets or animals such as dogs, pigs, chicken and ducks.
- Experts recommend that people who tested positive of coronavirus should observe self-distancing measures, not only from their family but also from their pets so as to prevent transmitting the virus to cats or other felines.
Following a report of a tiger in New York’ Bronx Zoo testing positive of the coronavirus, a study that published by the Journal Science has said that cats or other felines can be infected of the coronavirus.
According to researchers, their study showed that while there was no “strong evidence” that pets, such as cats and dogs, can carry and transmit the coronavirus to humans – it may actually be the other way around.
“What these data do provide is support for the recommendation that people who are with COVID-19 should be distancing themselves, not only from other household members but also from their household pets, so as not to transmit the virus to their pets, particularly to cats or other felines,” explained Daniel Kuritzkes, chief of infectious diseases at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in a Reuters report.
The study was conducted in China from January to February. During the research, scientists attempted to infect the animals by “introducing viral particles” through their noses. Through that introduction, researchers found that cats and ferrets are “highly susceptible” to the virus compared with other animals like dogs, pigs, and chickens.
The researchers also stated that cats can also infect fellow cats through respiratory droplets. Infected adult cats have virus in their mouths, noses, and small intestines, while kittens that were exposed to the virus can experience “massive lesions’ in their lungs, throats, and noses.
Antibody tests in dogs, on the other hand, revealed that they are less likely to contract the coronavirus, while pigs, chickens, and duck introduced to the viral particle also showed no presence of the virus strain.
The research was done to identify which animals are susceptible to the virus so they can be used for experimental vaccines.
Meanwhile, a report recently said that a tiger in New York’s Bronx Zoo showed symptoms such as dry cough and appetite loss. The animal eventually tested positive of the virus and it’s been said that the disease may have been contracted from an asymptomatic zookeeper.
Due to this incident, the World Health Organization prompted its partners to conduct further research about the role of pets in the ongoing health crisis.
In a news press conference, WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kekhove confirmed that pets can be infected by their masters, but it is less likely that the virus can be transmitted to humans by their pets.
“We don’t believe that they are playing a role in transmission but we think that they may be able to be infected from an infected person,” she said.
China Is Asking US To Stop Blaming Them For Coronavirus
The country is also a “victim of the virus,not the culprit”, said a Chinese official.
- A Chinese official told the United States to stop blaming China about the coronavirus pandemic.
- Foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Huang said China is also a "victim" not the "culprit."
- Others, however, still believe the country has to be made accountable for many valid reasons.
China Forced To Impose New Lockdown Amid Fears of “Devastating Second COVID-19 Wave”
The decision came after three doctors who showed no symptoms tested positive of the virus.
- China has imposed lockdown measures again after receiving new cases of asymptomatic Chinese citizens falling ill from coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Central China's Jia county is now under lockdown once more.
- Citizens visiting or leaving homes are required to show identity cards, wear protective masks, and submit to temperature checks.
A Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be Ready by September, Says Oxford Scientists
Human trails is expected to start within weeks.
- A team of researchers from Oxford University have said that a coronavirus vaccine may be available by September of this year.
- The vaccine is expected to enter human trials within weeks.
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