Today the media echoed a news that went around the world: Hong Kong reported that the first pet that had contracted the coronavirus had been confirmed. The pomeranian breed dog belongs to a sixty-year-old patient and will continue to be quarantined until she is free of suspicion and both owner and pet are free of the virus.
All reliable health sources around the world agreed that the animal never showed symptoms of COVID-19. The Hong Kong government asked people whose pets have come into contact with potential infected people to please turn them over to government facilities for quarantine.
There is no evidence that dogs can become ill due to the virus or that they in turn can spread it, so the Chinese government asked that, please, "do not abandon your animals under any circumstances."
We spoke with Dr. Suzanne Donovan, a UCLA professor and an expert in infectious and zoonotic diseases, to ask if we should be concerned about our pets during the outbreak that is spreading in the United States right now.
"The important thing at the moment is that people understand that it was their owner who infected the dog and not the opposite" and that although the origin of the multiple outbreaks of coronaviruses originated in animals, they come from camels, bats and pangolinis. "You can kiss your dog, but if you are a carrier of the coronavirus it is possible that you can infect your dog as well as the rest of your family."
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