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    Default Can Dogs and Cats Get the New Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    Jennifer Coates, DVM
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    There's no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19 or become sick from it.
    “Canine” and “Feline” coronavirus are NOT the same as COVID-19.
    People cannot catch “canine” and “feline” coronavirus.
    Monitor trusted news outlets for the latest updates (CDC, World Health Organization).

    Continue reading at: https://www.petmd.com/news/care-safety/what-pet-parents-need-know-about-new-coronavirus-38247
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    I'm confused. The first sentence above states, "there's no evidence that pets can....become sick from it." But, half way through the article it states that "2 dogs in Hong Kong contracted the coronavirus...and one died after being quarrantined. The 2 sentences seem contradictory. I'm obviously missing something. Bottom line for me: they don't know enough about this virus to emphatically state who or what can contract it and spread it. Very early on, some scientists believed the the coronavirus began with bats and jumped from bats to civets (a cat like animal) and from civets to people.

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    She seems to offer a valid reason for the death of the older dog, unrelated to the virus.
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    A couple of TV news sources announced this morning, 4/6/2020, that a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in NYC has been tested as having the Coronavirus. They go so far as to say it is COVID, but don't include the "19", hmmm???
    https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavi...ckq-story.html

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    I wondered why anyone would test a tiger at the zoo. Learned that the animal was coughing, and that it had apparently caught the virus from its zookeeper. Since viruses can pass from wildlife to humans, it's no surprise that the reverse would work as well. However, it doesn't seem to make the animal sick.
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    I wonder who volunteered to put on the tiger's filter mask?

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    Until worldwide expert scientists validate otherwise, I'm assuming that SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted by any animal to any human and vice versa. This brings up the dead. I've read that some hospitals are not releasing the bodies of people who contracted COVID-19. Is there fear that a corpse could transmit the virus??

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    That would seem entirely possible, at least for a given period of time. I doubt very much, however, that one could get sick from infected pets. It would seem more logical that the pet would catch it from someone in the household. I've seen several claims made online that pets are unlikely to carry it or transmit it, but at this point that's just hearsay.
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    More information: A Tiger Is Slightly Sick With the Coronavirus. Your Cats Are Probably OK.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/s...23d4f569762cde
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Wizard View Post
    Until worldwide expert scientists validate otherwise, I'm assuming that SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted by any animal to any human and vice versa. This brings up the dead. I've read that some hospitals are not releasing the bodies of people who contracted COVID-19. Is there fear that a corpse could transmit the virus??
    What next, mass body burning cremations from back in the mid-evil dark ages' days of the plague???

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    Recently, I read this.."Workers transporting bodies are advised by health officials to place masks over the mouths and noses of those who have died because bodies can exhale the virus when moved. Workers also should use double body bags to contain them, Goff said. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call for disinfecting the outside of body bags and following embalming precautions for hard-to-kill viruses.
    Keep Reading: https://khn.org/news/funeral-homes-f...e-of-covid-19/

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    I am no authority, but apparently bacteria have very specific conditions under which to survive and reproduce, limiting their influence on us, whereas viruses aren't even living things and thus come equipped with a bit more flexibility, if I may put it that way. Part of the problem, at least in NYC, is the rapid accumulation of corpses and no time or space to commit them to established cemeteries. A number of bodies are stored in temporary conditions in refrigerated trucks, and a fair few (sorry, I don't have an exact number) are buried in temporary mass graves in city parks.
    Think of a family member of yours dying of COVID-19. How heartbreaking to see your loved one consigned to a bulldozed grave in Central Park.
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    Grulla, why don't you summarize it for us in a sentence or two? What is the outlook for our pets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    Grulla, why don't you summarize it for us in a sentence or two? What is the outlook for our pets?
    I'd say that the jury is still out, too many contradictions in reporting this matter. In the meanwhile, if you're going to err on this Coronavirus in pets issue, then err on the side of caution and keep your pets appropriately contained.
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