Could our dogs become carriers of the harmful Covid mutation?
COVID mutations have stalled the UK’s exit from lockdown, but what if a more dangerous strain emerges in pets?
The British are a pet-loving country. What if our four-legged companions were used as a vessel for a more dangerous Covid variant? The question of whether coronavirus may spread from animals to people has long been debated. Long have scientists pondered if another deadly mutation could occur in animals and then be passed on to humans. What is the scientific basis behind this? Is it necessary to be concerned?
SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes Covid) is considered to have originated in bats.
Cats could be infected with SARS-CoV-2 as early as April 2020, according to evidence.
Under some situations, cats could spread the virus to other cats within a month, according to the study.
Covid infection transfer from humans to animals has been studied by scientists all over the world in an attempt to determine how serious of a concern this could be.
SARS-CoV-2 infections in animals have been found in dogs, mink, ferrets, and other species thus far.
Infecting some species with SARS-CoV-2 can sometimes result in sickness and health problems for the animals.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there appears to be limited evidence of virus transmission between pets and their owners (CDC).
According to their findings, there is evidence of human-to-cat transmission, but very little evidence of cats passing the virus on to their owners.
Furthermore, there is minimal indication that cats can transmit the virus to other cats in non-laboratory settings, such as in everyday scenarios.
“Based on the known knowledge to date, the risk of animals transferring SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to people is thought to be low,” the CDC noted on their website.
“We are still learning about this virus, but we know that it can transfer from people to animals in specific conditions, especially during close contact,” the CDC cautioned.
“More research is needed to determine whether and how COVID-19 affects various animals.”
According to the CDC’s results, even if a new fatal variety emerges in animals, it is unlikely that it will spread to humans.
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