Are Animals at Risk of the Coronavirus?
The coronavirus is impacting everyone around the globe. From families to businesses and healthcare workers, many are struggling to come to terms with the reality of this pandemic. For many parents, their main concern is making sure that they stay safe so that their kids can stay safe. But what if your kid happens to have four legs, whiskers, and a fuzzy tail? If you are the owner of a little furry, four-legged creature, you may be wondering if there is a chance that they can fall ill to the coronavirus. If you have ever asked yourself “can animals get the coronavirus?” – our Miami movers can answer that.
Do I Need to Get My Pet Tested for COVID-19?
There is no need to wonder or spend hours researching if animals can get the coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of March 23, 2020, there is no need to worry about testing your pets for coronavirus. Though there is a way for your vet to test for the coronavirus in your furry loved one, there is no indication that there is a need to do so at this time.
What Animals Can Get COVID-19?
Since there is no need to put your pet through unnecessary testing, it is only natural to wonder if your pet can even get the coronavirus, as some viruses do not attack certain species. The CDC has not determined if animals can get the coronavirus or which species may be vulnerable to it.
“CDC is aware of a very small number of pets, including dogs and cats, outside the United States reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 after close contact with people with COVID-19. A tiger at a zoo in New York has also tested positive for the virus.” – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention1
So, can animals get the coronavirus? It appears they can; however, it does not mean your pet will get it. According to the CDC, research also shows that ferrets, cats, and golden Syrian hamsters can be experimentally infected with the coronavirus and, in turn, spread the infection to other animals of the same species in a lab setting.
What Animals Can’t Get COVID-19?
In another study performed by the CDC, it seems that dogs are less likely to become infected by COVID-19 than cats and ferrets. However, these findings do not answer the question of whether or not animals can spread COVID-19 or other infections to people.
The CDC says its “has not received any reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States. To date, there is no evidence that pets can spread the virus to people. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals may be affected by the virus that causes COVID-19.”1
If you are planning a move during the coronavirus with your furry loved one, trust our Miami local movers to get you both there safely. We understand that pets are family and want them to be safe also. Contact us today for your free virtual quote.
Here at All My Sons Moving & Storage, we thank our clients for trusting us with their relocation. Given the increased attention of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we want to assure all clients that their safety and our employees’ safety are a top priority. While we’re experts in moving, we want our clients to know that we’re actively implementing the health and safety guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure we take the proper precautions.
We’ve instructed our employees that experience symptoms, defined by the CDC, to not report to work and instead contact their doctors. We ask that if you or any of your family members have experienced COVID-19 symptoms, please let us know immediately so we can take the proper additional precautions.
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1. CDC – Coronavirus and Animals FAQ