"Very little risk" pets can infect owners with COVID-19

  • Friday 03, July 2020 09:27 AM
Sharjah24 – Reuters: There is 'very little risk' that pets can infect their owners with COVID-19, the chief scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday (July 2).
The World Health Organization says its okay to curl up on the couch and continue petting your furry friends with little worry of the coronavirus.

On Thursday the WHO again said there's 'very little risk' that pets can infect their owners with COVID-19.

Soumya Swaminathan, WHO's chief scientist spoke on Thursday(July 3).

"There's very little risk from domestic animals because there was some concerns about domestic animals becoming a source of infection."

"Some animals like the felines, the cats and the ferrets, and even tigers can get infections, so human to animal, but very little evidence of the reverse."

Vets across the globe have been trying to calm fears and again deliver clear advice to pet owners that animal to human transmission is extremely rare.