Fears dogs and cats could be coronavirus ‘super spreaders’ as virologist questions safety #COVID19 #coronavirus #Cats #Dogs #pandemic
A CORONAVIRUS expert has warned pet owners they could be at risk of not only infecting their animals but also having the virus transmitted to them through contact with their pets, with the science behind animal-to-human infection still unknown.
After a tiger in a New York City zoo tested positive for coronavirus, fears have arisen over the safety of pets and pet owners during the pandemic. Answering viewer questions on the BBC, virologist Dr Chris Smith confirmed animals can catch the virus. The expert also warned it remains unknown if owners could be at risk from their own pets.
Dr Smith told viewers: “The advice wasn’t that dogs couldn’t catch the coronavirus.
“In fact, there was a case report from Hong Kong where a Pomeranian caught the virus.
“It then tested positive for it over a number of days.
“So the scientists were comfortable that it was catching and was infected with the agent.”
He continued: “It’s thought that puppy caught it from its owner.
“So we’re pretty comfortable that animals might catch this.
“What we don’t know is if this is a two-way street.
“If it goes into the dog, can the dog or the cat or whatever else catches it, then give it back to its owner or another owner or a family member?”
The virologist said: “We don’t know how infectious these animals are yet, we just know that potentially they could become infected.
“It is an important question though because when it comes to infection control, we may keep our social distance but cats, as well all know if you’ve ever owned one, go roaming from one house to another and dogs go and sniff everything they possibly can.
“So they could end up being vectors or super-spreaders for this.”
Dr Smith added: “These are important questions that we’re going to have to answer quite soon.”
Ron Kennedy from Glasgow also submitted a question, asking if humans are at risk of infection from our own cats and dogs.
Dr Smith told the BBC: “Potentially yes, and that’s where the issue lies.
“At the moment, people are doing these tests, they can prove that the animals potentially are getting infected.
“What we don’t know is if they are sufficiently infectious to secrete the virus back into the environment, back into the air or in licks and kisses they give their owners and potentially transmit it back in the other direction.”
Courtesy of express.co.uk
Coronavirus: Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after condition worsens #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #PrimeMinister #BorisJohnson #quarantine
Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care after his condition worsened, Downing Street has said.
The prime minister has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise for him “where necessary”.
A Number 10 spokesman said: “Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital.
“The prime minister has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary.
“The prime minister is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
Courtesy of Sky News