Current tough situation and a fear of COVID-19 amongst people have started to bring their worse. The most loyal animal friend of humans, dogs are being considered as a threat and various pet owners have started to abandon their dogs on streets. This is nothing but a result of misinformation.Also Read - Coronavirus: Sophie Trudeau Recovers From Infection, Says ‘We’re All in This Together’
Since the fake news about animals contracting coronavirus and transmitting it to humans have surface, people have started to act crazy. Some pet owners have stopped feeding their pets and have started keeping them in tiny cages behind closed doors. Do you think it is fair to take these drastic steps? Also Read - PM Narendra Modi Thanks Varun Dhawan For His Donation Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
We think, it has now become the need of the hour to disseminate correct information. When you have any query about the coronavirus or you are listening to any rumour about it, the best way to find its authenticity is to check WHO’s website. Its mythbuster page can give you all the needed information. A few days ago, 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.” Also Read - Artists in Tripura Use Puppets to Spread Awareness About Coronavirus | Watch
However, Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has recently concluded that pets like cats and dogs can be tested positive for coronavirus after getting the pathogen from humans but cannot transmit it back to humans. Also, even after catching the virus, they test positive for low levels of the pathogen.
This means that even if your pet has contracted COVID-19, you are nowhere at risk of getting it from your animal companion. This means, you need not to worry and stay calm. Just as a part of precautionary measures, you can keep your pets isolated but do not abandon them. Make sure they get the same affection the way they were getting before the pandemic. Also, keep your house and yourself clean. Do not unnecessarily touch your mouth, nose, and eyes.