This was reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) through its Twitter account, after responding to a large number of concerns, arising after rumors that the disease originated in a live animal market in Wuhan, China, ensuring that there is currently no evidence that companion animals (dogs and cats) may be infected with this deadly virus.
However, world health experts recommended that “it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets,” as this can protect us from bacteria such as E.Coli and Salmonella.
WHO pointed out that there are several strains of coronavirus that circulate among animals, without having infected humans, for example, dogs can suffer from “canine coronavirus” and can cause infections in any dog, but puppies are the most susceptible population because both their immune system and digestive system are still immature.
The canine coronavirus causes an acute, self-limited infection that does not become chronic. The virus is eliminated by the feces, being the route of contagion the feco-oral contact and only affects the animal, not people.
The new coronavirus appeared in China, where the disease is located, and has left more than 350 dead and more than 11,000 confirmed cases throughout the country. In addition, so far 12167 suspected cases have also been detected in the Asian giant and some 82,000 people are under medical observation for having been in contact with patients.
Translated by JRE/EF