Sure, it’s good to know what to do if/when you start exhibiting symptoms, whether or not going for a run in the park is OK and how to mitigate any anxiety you might be feeling in these uncertain times. But ask any pet owner and you’ll find they have one question on their mind: Can pets get coronavirus?
Short answer? No. According to the CDC, there’s currently no evidence to suggest that cats, dogs or other household pets can become sick with COVID-19, nor can they transmit the disease between humans.
Why do people think coronavirus might infect their pets?
The word coronavirus actually refers to a type of virus, not a specific variation, in the same way that the word flu encompasses both bird flu and the average flu strains we see each winter. And while the particular coronavirus that’s currently sweeping the globe, COVID-19, can’t transfer to dogs and cats, some coronaviruses can. Some types are specific to animals, some only affect humans and some that can go between the two. COVID-19 is the kind that can only infect humans.