Pets often catch SARS-CoV-2 from owners, study confirms

The Dutch research supports human-to-pet transmission but it is still not known if pet-to-human transmission is a risk

People infected with SARS-CoV-2 can transmit the virus to their pets, confirms a study presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases earlier this week.

The research supports human-to-pet transmission, which causes mild sickness, but it is still not known if pet-to-human transmission is a risk. 

The Dutch researchers studied the presence of SARS-CoV-2 infections in 156 dogs and 154 cats from 196 COVID-19-positive households.

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