Are you a pet owner and frightened if your animal companion can get the coronavirus disease? If yes, you have reached the right place. A few days back, the World Health Organisation had announced, “At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.” However, later, the advisory was removed from the WHO’s myth buster page on coronavirus spread. It happened after the agency received a report from Hong Kong about a dog being tested positive for COVID-19. Also Read - COVID-19 Toll Exceeds 600 in Iran

The owner of the infected pet is a 60-year-old female patient. Notably, the pet has been isolated in an animal centre post the confirmation of the disease. Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) states that the dog’s nasal and oral cavities’ sample had tested “weak positive” for novel coronavirus. This means that the dog had a low level of infection. According to the experts from the World Organization for Animal Health, this is likely to be a case of human-to-animal transmission.” Hong Kong Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) states that ‘being infected’ does not mean being infectious and capable of spreading the Covid-19 virus. Also Read - Coronavirus: Newborn in UK Becomes Youngest COVID-19 Patient, Says Report

Also, until now, there is no evidence suggesting that pet animals can be a source of infection. This means that pet owners need not worry or abandon their beloved dog or cat. But, being vigilant and taking precautionary measures to keep the COVID-19 virus at bay will do no harm. As far as a safety measure for pet owners are concerned, you should avoid kissing your animal friend. Also, do not forget to wash your hands after being around your pet. Also Read - Coronavirus Cases in India Rise to 84; State, UT-wise List of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases