Scientists in China conducted an important study, it helped to determine whether coronavirus can cause disease in pets surrounding a person. How does COVID-19 affect domestic cats, dogs, and other animals? Experts have found that cats and ferrets are very susceptible to dangerous respiratory illness. The disease is quickly transmitted to them, causing complications. Scientists tested for experimental purposes with the approval of the World Health Organization.
WHO has confirmed the need to study the possibility of transmission of the virus from humans to animals. As you know, a pandemic arose at the end of December of last year in China. As of April 12, she claimed over 113 thousand lives around the world.
The disease continues to spread, spanning ever new territories. It is believed that bats were the primary source of coronavirus - they infected humans. But to this day, science to this day has not been able to provide convincing facts of the transmission of the disease from the animal world to the world of people and relies only on this isolated case.
A research team of 17 experts from various scientific institutions in China, including the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the National Laboratory for the Control and Prevention of Animal Diseases, conducted a study to find out how animals can suffer from coronavirus. It turned out that COVID-19 settles on the upper respiratory tract of ferrets.
The infection that infects cats also settles in the upper respiratory tract and the small intestine. Cats can transmit the disease to each other through the airways. In much the same way, COVID-19 can infect domestic ferrets.
If there are signs of disease on the territory of the human home, animals should be isolated so that they do not become infected. Scientists believed that cats can infect humans with the virus. However, during the study, this assumption was not confirmed.
Fluffy pets can be infected by humans, but the reverse process could not be proved. These data can be considered supportive of the recommendation that people who have COVID-19 should distance themselves not only from other family members but also from pets.