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Your pet cannot get coronavirus. Here’s why a dog tested positive


After a dog tested positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong last week, people became increasingly worried about the safety of their furry friend and if they can get the infection and spread it too. Well, experts tell us that this is not the case.

How was the Hong Kong dog positive?

According to the Hong Kong Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation (AFCD), samples of the dog’s nasal and oral cavities had been “weakly positive” for COVID-19. This is the first time a dog tested positive for the virus. The dog showed no symptoms and was quarantined and will be examined repeatedly until the test is negative.

According to the World Health Organization and AFCD, there is no evidence that pets, such as cats and dogs, can become infected with the coronavirus. This is because while dogs can test positive for the virus, it does not mean they have been infected.

Coronaviruses can live on surfaces and objects, but researchers are still unsure of how long they survive. Similarly, the coronavirus may be present in the bodies of cats or dogs, even if they have not actually contracted the virus. The AFCD is testing the dog more to see if the dog has been infected with the virus or if it has just become contaminated with the virus.

According to the available evidence, dogs are not more at risk than inanimate objects such as door knobs and the desk.

Can your dog give you coronavirus?

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. UU., The main way of spreading the infection is from person to person, from the respiratory drops of an infected person.

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