"There is no evidence that dogs and cats pass on COVID-19! Because of misleading posters and dubious sources of information, people are abandoning their pets! A cuddle a day keeps the doctor and the vet away, so do cuddle away," wrote Twinkle Khanna on her Instagram post.
Pet owners across the glove started panicking when a 17-year-old Pomeranian tested 'weakly' positive for Coronavirus in China; the dog died three days after returning home. However, another dog that lived in the same house and was under quarantine consistently tested negative for a long time. Experts who were treating the dog said that it tested weakly positive and they weren't even sure if it was real positive.
Interestingly, Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department announced another dog in quarantine that has tested positive Covid -19. However, another dog from the same household tested negative and both the dogs didn't show any signs of sickness. "There is currently no evidence that pet animals can be a source of Covid-19 for humans or that this virus can cause the disease in dogs," said the spokesperson Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.
According to experts, the only scenario where we might contract Coronavirus is when a patient with the virus in their hands petted their dog and another healthy person petted the dog in the exact same place. So, if you are home with a person who is down with Coronavirus, you will get it from him and not from your dog. Like Twinkle Khanna said, please do not abandon your pets for the fear of getting Coronavirus from them.
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