If I have COVID-19 and I pet my dog, will it get infected too?

Dr Tanya Melillo, Public Health Consultant said that anyone with COVID-19 should remain isolated in one room and not stay wandering about the house. Speaking to Newsbook Q&A, Melillo said that if another member of the family touches the pet after it having been stroked by the patient, hands need to be thoroughly sanitised to ensure that no droplet infection is carried through transmission from the coat of the animal.

The WHO had said that that there was no evidence that cats and dogs could be infected by the coronavirus but studies on the matter are still being carried out due to conflicting reports.

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