Allegedly a dog in Hong Kong tested positive for corona virus. But there is no evidence that pets can get infected or pass on the pathogen.
|On 28 February, several websites claimed that the first dog had become infected with the new corona virusption|
First things first for those who share their home with a dog, cat, mouse, guinea pig or budgie: So far there is no evidence that pets can be infected with the novel coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 or transmit this pathogen to others.
Although researchers assume that the virus has only recently made the leap from one animal species to humans, this does not mean that the pathogen can quickly succeed in spreading to completely different animals.
It is currently suspected that the virus previously existed in bats or pangolin animals. The virologist Jonathan Ball from the University of Nottingham even said that it would be absolutely incredible that the virus could manage to make so many jumps across species in such a short time.
The concern that dogs in particular could become infected with Sars-CoV-2 stems from a report that a dog in Hong Kong tested positive for the virus. Ball said that a distinction must be made between a genuine infection and the presence of viruses.
The dog's test result was only weakly positive, which means that only relatively small amounts of virus were detected in the sample. According to media reports, the dog's owner was found to have a sars-CoV-2 infection.
The dog may therefore have been exposed to the virus that was excreted by the owner and then ended up in the sample taken from the dog.
Can the coronavirus come from dogs
The result therefore does not suggest that dogs can be infected or even become ill with Sars-CoV-2 and transmit the virus. Furthermore, for any other pets there is no evidence that this could happen.
Therefore, the World Health Organization (WHO) also answers the question of whether one could be infected by one' s pet, briefly and concisely: "No. There is no evidence that pets such as dogs and cats have been infected or can transmit the virus that triggers Covid-19".