CDC Extends Social Distancing Guidelines to Pets Amid Coronavirus

April 29, 2020

Do pets have to social distance during the coronavirus pandemic?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released information that pets need to follow the same social distancing guidelines as everyone else during the COVID-19 global outbreak.

“Treat pets as you would other human family members, do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household,” the CDC advisory said.

The CDC also said that if a person within the household gets sick, isolate everyone, including your pets.

The organization also urged pet owners to stay away from dog parks and public places that are crowded with pets and other people.

This advice comes after reports of animals testing positive for COVID-19. 

A North Carolina pug tested positive for the virus and is believed to be the first dog in the United States to contract the virus. While Winston the pug didn’t show any severe symptoms, the family did notice he had an unusual cough and had lost his appetite.

While researchers believe Winston to be the first dog to test positive for coronavirus, he wasn’t the first household pet to get infected in America.

Last week, two cats in New York had tested positive for coronavirus. The cats were said to have mild respiratory issues and are expected to recover. Officials believe the animals became infected from people in their household or neighborhood.

Both the USDA and CDC reiterated that while the virus appears to be transmittable from humans to animals, there is no proof that animals can infect humans.

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