At University College London, the scientists found out that the COVID-19 is transmitted to animals, including pets. The researchers do not rule out that this fact will create the second wave of the pandemic when infected animals transmit the virus to humans. Now they intend to make every effort to reduce the possible risk. Preliminary studies have shown that animals are susceptible to the virus.
They suggested launching a program for monitoring and testing animals that are at high risk. One of the authors of the study, Professor Joan Santini, believes that the experts from all around the world confirm the likelihood of transmission of the virus by animals.
But it is still unknown at what stage it can happen. To avoid a sudden outbreak among animals, the professor suggested to develop an epidemiological strategy to reduce the threat to the healths of both animals and human. Viral transmission in animals may be irreversible.
It is possible that if it is not stopped, then the success that the healthcare sector has come to today, finding ever new options for eliminating the spread of the virus, will be at zero. People will continue to become infected with the coronavirus from diseased animals.
The sheer magnitude of the pandemic exacerbates the likelihood that animals can become a reservoir for the storage and transmission of the virus. To confirm or deny these assumptions, Professor Santini and Professor Sarah Edwards examined evidence from case studies, experiments on testing infection in small groups of animals.
They also created a laboratory model of a possible scenario. The model showed the theoretical possibility of transmitting the virus to animals and further transmission of the virus from animals to humans.