Article by Nina Jussila
NEW YORK − Two cats in two separate New York households have been diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a media statement regarding the news on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. These two cats are the first confirmed pets in the United States infected with the virus, according to the CDC report.
The respiratory symptoms in the two cats are reported as “mild”. The pet cats are anticipated to return to good health. “Both had mild respiratory illness and are expected to make a full recovery,” the CDC press release states. “SARS-CoV-2 infections have been reported in very few animals worldwide, mostly in those that had close contact with a person with COVID-19.”
Confirmed cases and recommended guidelines are changing practically on a daily basis. The CDC now recommends pet owners to keep their pets away from other animals and other people. The CDC also advises those who are sick with Covid-19 should not only avoid people but pets as well.
People who are sick should take precautions. However, people should not become alarmed or worried about pets spreading the virus. In fact, “there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States,” a published article by Pet Product News states. “Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare.”
For further information on the two confirmed cat cases and the CDC’s current guidelines regarding pets, please refer to the CDC website.