Are pets vulnerable to COVID-19?
A few pets have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Not all of these animals had signs of illness, but some have had mild symptoms. The animals may have caught the virus from close contact with humans who were infected.
Do pets show symptoms if infected with COVID-19?
Although most pets only have mild symptoms or no symptoms, we are still learning about how they are affected by the virus.
Should I social distance from my pets during COVID-19?
Public health officials are still learning about SARS-CoV-2, but there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19 in animals?
Clinical signs thought to be compatible with SARS-CoV-2 infection in animals include fever, coughing, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, lethargy, sneezing, nasal/ocular discharge, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Can pets recover from COVID-19?
Of the pets that have gotten sick, most only had mild illness and fully recovered.
How long does COVID-19 survive for on clothing?
Research suggests that COVID-19 doesn’t survive for long on clothing, compared to hard surfaces, and exposing the virus to heat may shorten its life.
Can COVID-19 cling to hair?
Experts believe it’s unlikely. Any virus – including SARS-CoV-2 – can cling to human hair. But merely being deposited on strands of hair does not mean the virus can make you sick. The coronavirus weakens pretty quickly once it’s outside the body.