Ground Report | New Delhi: Humans made pets sick; If you have been infected by the coronavirus, then of course you should stay in isolation. Doctors say that meeting someone can make him sick. But, can you visit your pet during this time? Scientists say no.
Humans made pets sick
In a new study, researchers from the Netherlands have found that a large number of dogs and cats are falling prey to Covid. Scientists believe that this virus is going from humans to pets.
Dr. Els Broens of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands says that about 20 percent of animals are at risk of getting Covid from their owner. However, the exact opposite of this, that is, there is no concrete information about the infection of pets to their owners. “Thankfully animals don’t get very sick from this virus,” says Dr. Broens.
Broens’ study was read this week at the European Congress of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. For this study, they studied 156 dogs and 154 cats from 196 households. These houses were such, where a member had Covid.
Dr. Broens found that about 17 percent of the animals, i.e. 31 cats and 23 dogs, had antibodies that fight against Covid-19. That is, he had been infected with the coronavirus. Also, six cats and seven dogs i.e. about 4 percent had covid at the time of the study, which was detected by PCR test.
After a thorough investigation, the researchers found that these animals recovered very quickly and did not make other animals living in the same house sick. ( Humans made pets sick)
Covid-19 has come from bats to humans
It is believed that Covid-19 has come from bats to humans. In the early months of the outbreak, it was learned that non-mammalian animals can also be infected with the virus, but they do not become seriously ill and recover quickly.
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According to the information available at the moment, the beaver is the only animal that can take infection from humans and can infect other animals as well.
Broens says that how much infection pets will get also depends on how much their owners mix with them. He says, “Many owners keep very close contact with their pets. For example, they sleep in the same bed. So you can imagine how close their contact is. In such a situation, infection can happen.”