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“Very little risk” that pets can infect owners with COVID – WHO

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“It’s clear that there are some animals like the felines, the cats and the ferrets, and even tigers can get infections, so human to animal, but very little evidence of the reverse. And also very interesting data presented on the virus and how long it can survive on the fur of animals and so on. There’s very little risk from domestic animals because there was some concerns about domestic animals becoming a source of infection.”

There is ‘very little risk’ that pets can infect their owners with COVID-19, the chief scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday (July 2).

Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, told a Geneva news conference that felines, ferrets and “even tigers” have been infected with the disease.

“There is very little risk from domestic animals because there was some concern about domestic animals becoming a source of infection,” she said.

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