We are still hanging in there with the Coronavirus pandemic. It feels like we have been in this for quite a while yet we don't see the end in sight. Although many states, cities, and businesses are reopening, we are trying to find our "new normal". How will life look like next?
My main concern is, with all the places reopening and more people out and about, that people will ease up on the social distancing and protective measures (face masks, hand washing, gloves, etc.). I am concerned that people will start to relax on their protective measures and all of our efforts to control the virus will all be in vain.
I am concerned about my sons going back to school-high school and college. My sons are still young (ages 15, 19, and 22 years old). They don't understand the magnitude of what we are fighting with COVID-19. They are not buying into the hype. I am hoping that we will be given the option to continue to work at home, opposed to going back into the office. But overall, the biggest question that we have is,
What is next? How will we move forward as we learn more and more about this Coronavirus?
When we worry about everyone in our household staying healthy, we also worry about our furry babies. Are they in danger of COVID-19? Can they infect us with it? Can we infect them?
So, I read up a little about pets and COVID-19. Always keep in mind that there's so much that we don't know about this "invisible monster". I read articles written by CDC.gov and the World Health Organization, two sources that I find to be reliable.
There have been very little reports of pets being tested positive for COVID-19 after having close contact with people with COVID-19. Also the risks of animals and pets spreading the Coronavirus to people are low.
Some reports have stated that Coronavirus can spread from people to animals. It is also reported that some coronaviruses infect only animals but not humans (i.e. canine and feline coronavirus).
There have been a small number of animals that have been reported to be tested with COVID-19 (CDG.org, 2020), especially after they have been in contact with a person with the virus.
With this information, since it is an evolving virus, know that more information and data will be shared as it becomes available.
But for now...
-Treat your pets like you would your other family members who are humans.
- Do not let your pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
- Walk dogs on a leash, always keeping at least 6 feet from other people and animals.
- Avoid dog parks or public places where many people and dogs gather.
-If you become sick with COVID-19,
- avoid any contact with your pets, and other animals
- avoid affectionate contact with the pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food and bedding
- isolate yourself from other people and including your pets and have another member of the household to care for your pets
- if there is no else to care for the pets, make sure you wear a cloth face mask and wash hands before and after you interact with people.
- Five years of age and younger,
- People with weakened immune systems,
- People who are 65 years of age or older.