Can Humans catch Corona Virus from pets?

Doctors and scientists from world over believe that it is highly unlikely for a human to contract the COVID-19 from a cat or a dog. So far, there has been no such case reported. It spread from human to human, and from human to animals in some cases. While there is low evidence of people getting infected after touching surfaces where the virus was present, it is always better to avoid unnecessary touching.  Ideas floating that the virus may also be trapped on the fur of the dogs lack evidence. Humans generally contract this virus when they come in contact of the water droplets produced by an infected person through coughing, sneezing, or even speaking. Also, the golden rule of regularly washing hands and covering mouths applies here too.

It is unfortunate and disheartening to read instances where pet owners abandon their pets from the fear of contracting COVID-19 from them. With stray animals already having a tough time during this lockdown, there is no reason for a true animal lover to avoid the terrible state of these poor animals relying on humans for their daily food. These are certain measures for safety that one can practice while feeding the stray animals near your locality.

  • You may leave the water and food at the spots where you usually find the strays, without having to go out of your society or locality
  • You can offer them food and water in your old bowls or utensils and avoid giving food in newspapers or plastics
  • Partner (while practicing social distancing) with other volunteers in your locality and chart out a meal schedule where you can give food in turns to the stray animals
  • You may also donate money to local NGOs and individual activists working tirelessly towards this cause
  • Keep in mind the general health of the stray animals in your area. If you notice any signs or symptoms of sickness in dogs in your area, you may consult a veterinary doctor online

Scientists from across the globe are working towards developing a vaccine against COVID-19. In this time, the unwavering human spirit has revealed making healthcare, sanitation, law and order, and other professionals working together. As a common person, while we contribute towards limiting the spread of the disease by practicing social distancing, it is also our duty to take care of our pets and animals living near us. Be calm and be safe.