What is Coronavirus/COVID-19 ?
The novel coronavirus, also referred to as “COVID-19,” is a recently discovered strain of coronavirus. This new virus is a member of a larger family of coronaviruses, only some of which cause illness in humans. Other examples of coronaviruses include, but are not limited to, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
Who is at Risk of Contracting COVID-19?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is still low for most Americans, but as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase.” COVID-19 can only be transmitted between humans. There have not been any documented cases of pets showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, there is no evidence to support that pets can be a vector for the disease, meaning it is highly unlikely that the virus can be spread by pets. Those who are at risk for developing more severe coronavirus symptoms include older adults and those with previously diagnosed underlying conditions, including heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, asthma, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).