Wuhan: Amid the coronavirus outbreak, many worried animal lovers are making their pets wear makeshift face masks because of fears that they could catch the deadly virus too. Fearing for the life of their pets, frantic citizens are queuing up at medical stores to purchase face masks and are refashioning it so that dogs and cats can wear them. Also Read - Coronavirus: Death Toll in China Crosses 1700; Rate of New Fatalities Drops
Pictures of pet animals wearing masks to protect them from the deadly virus, have gone viral on social media. Many picture show cats in makeshift protective wear, including face masks with cut out holes for their eyes, wandering the streets. Also Read - Youths in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City Donate Blood for Coronavirus Patients, Win Praise
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Sales of specially designed pet masks have also spiked, with one Beijing-based online retailer saying he was selling 10 times the number of special masks for dogs daily than earlier, as per a New York Post report.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reportedly said there was no proof to suggest pets could be hit by the virus. However, China’s National Health Commission has a different opinion.
“If pets go out and have contact with an infected person, they have the chance to get infected,” said spokesman and epidemiologist Li Lanjuan.
Meanwhile, with 105 new deaths reported on Sunday, the death toll in China’s coronavirus has crossed 1700. The coronavirus outbreak which originated in central China’s Hubei province in December last year has now spread to several countries, including India.