The risk of pets infecting owners with coronavirus is very little, according to the top scientist of the World Health Organization.
The WHO top scientist Swaminathan Soumya on Thursday told the press conference in Geneva that ferrets, felines and also tigers have contracted the deadly virus.
“There is very little risk from domestic animals because there was some concern about domestic animals becoming a source of infection,” she said.
Dr. Emily Mudoga, Animals in Communities Campaigns Manager at World Animal Protection says: “There was always very little evidence that domestic animals can contract coronavirus and we hope this recent news from WHO will ensure that people do not continue to panic about their pets.
“Pets are important for companionship and they shouldn’t pay the price of our worries by being abandoned or cruelly mistreated in fear of them spreading the disease.
“All around the world, our pets improve and add value to our lives – so let’s make sure we keep them, and ourselves, protected.”
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