Government scientists in Britain have warned against embracing your dog or cat amid fears of an outbreak of the Coronavirus.
An official report issued by the most important veterinarians in the United Kingdom stated that domestic pets may carry the virus on their fur, which could lead to the spread of the disease from one person to another, according to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”.
The report said that close contact such as cuddling and allowing animals to share food can allow transmission of the virus, which means that if one of the family members is infected with the virus, the pet can transfer it to another family member.
The report warned that the virus can survive on pet fur, which means “that there is a reasonable pathway in which the animal can act as an infectious device for at least a few hours and transmits the virus to others in the family.”
The document said dogs and cats that had contact with a coronavirus patient posed a “high risk” for people with underlying conditions such as cancer and diabetes.
She advised pet owners who have symptoms to prevent their dog or cat from contacting “at-risk humans.
“We consider that the overall risk of such an animal being present in the family is high when there are people with underlying health problems or weak immune systems, but otherwise the risk is moderate,” the document continued.
The document indicated that any risk management procedures should be included when considering the presence of an accompanying animal at home that the animal remains subject to control to prevent contact with humans at risk, especially taking into account basic health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, cancer or Weakened immune system.
On the other hand, Professor James Wood, Head of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge, stressed that it is “very unlikely” that people will catch the virus from their pets.
He said there is no reason why vulnerable people should not hug their dog or cat. Everyone should maintain good hygienic standards with their pets and wash their hands throughout the day, as it is generally recommended, to avoid the risks of capturing corona.Professor Wood added that the risks associated with animals were low, and he explained that although millions of people were infected with Corona, the number of pets that were discovered as sick or infected was still small. Simply put, dogs and kittens can pick up (SK) from us, when they live with us, but only at a very low rate