We are still learning about the virus that causes COVID-19, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations According to Centres for Disease Control, a small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low. It appears that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals in some situations and hence regulations are to be followed to stop the virus from spreading to these animals. For instance, do not let pets interact with people outside the household or if a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets. Because there is a small risk that people with COVID-19 could spread the virus to animals, the CDC recommends that pet owners limit their pet’s interaction with people outside their household. That being said, there is no evidence that the virus can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets. Do not wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or any other products not approved for animal use.
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