Summary-Let’s get straight to the point, your pets or any wild animals are more likely to get infected by COVID-19 from you, rather than you getting infected by them. So there are no reasons to abandon your pets or harm any wild animals.
There has been a recent fear growing within people that, animals can spread the COVID-19 disease to humans and raise the severity of the pandemic. A few online articles and videos of media houses have started to warn people to stay a safe distance away from animals which include your beloved pets.
But the truth is, there has been zero evidence so far that shows you might catch the COVID-19 from any animal, may it be wild or your pets. It is true that a few cases have emerged of animals being affected by the virus, which was transmitted by human beings.
However, taking a look at the cases of the two dogs in Hong Kong which were found to be carrying the virus; both the dogs were tested ‘weakly positive’ to the virus and neither developed any signs of sickness. The tests did not find any evidence to suggest that they could be a source of infection for humans or cause any communal spread.
This is possible, because research so far suggests there are many different strains of Coronavirus, some of which only affect humans and some which only affect the animals, but there is no common strain of the virus that can be found in both human beings and animals.
Strains which affect human beings are- MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV & SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). On the other hand the strains which affect animals are- CCoV & FCoV.
The Tigers from the Bronx Zoo in New York, though tested positive for coronavirus, have also been ensured of full recovery by the doctors.Allowing us to believe that the strains of the virus found in the Tigers could have been fairly weak and might not have been as devastating as the strain that is causing the pandemic. And once again no evidence were found that could indicate, the animals being able to spread the virus to human beings.
To put it in simpler terms- that Coronavirus can affect both animals and human beings, but scientific data so far suggests that the strain- SARS CoV 2, which is causing the current pandemic, cannot be spread by animals (specially by your pets) to humans.
World Organization of Animal Health, stated– “The current spread of COVID-19 is a result of human to human transmission. To date, there is no evidence that companion animals have spread the disease. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.”
World Animal Protection made similar remarks, saying, no evidence has so far proven that pets can be source of the spread.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has also stood by their claim, that so far there is no evidence that shows any communal spread of COVID-19 from animals, as transmissions have only thus far been between human to human .
So, please do not abandon your pets and keep taking care of them. Also let us not harm the wild animals as we present more threat to them, then they are to us.
What we can do however, is to keep up our sanitary measures and just to be safe- wash our hands, upon any interaction with animals.