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CDC Has New Social Distancing Guidelines For Pets

Leah Barkoukis

CDC Has New Social Distancing Guidelines For Pets

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended social distancing guidelines to pets.“Treat pets as you would other human family members — do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household,” the agency said in an advisory statement. “If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets.”

While CDC acknowledged there is still much to be known about COVID-19, in some situations “it appears that it can spread from people to animals” although “based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.”

The first reported instance of U.S. animals testing positive for coronavirus was in a tiger at a New York City zoo. A handful of other house pets, including both cats and dogs, have also become infected with coronavirus after being in close contact with people who were positive.


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