COVID-19 FAQs UPDATE
head into another month of isolation and uncertainty and as we learn
more about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is spread, we find we are
beginning to get answers to some of our most pressing questions as more
scientific data becomes available.
included answers from reliable sources to some of these questions with
the caveat that as data does become more available the answers are
subject to change.
Can My Pet Become Infected
With the Virus?
On April 22,
2020, the CDC, the USDA, and the NVSL (National Veterinary Services
Laboratories) announced the first confirmed cases of the SARS-CoV-2
(COVID-19 virus) infection in 2 pet cats.The 2 cats had only mild
respiratory illness and are expected to make a full recovery. They live
in 2 separate areas of New York State. This was the first evidence in
the US in which a household pet had been infected.
It is interesting
to note that in the home of the first cat tested, no one in the
household was confirmed to have COVID-19. It is possible the virus may
have been transmitted to the cat by an asymptomatic individual in the
home or one who was mildly ill or perhaps through contact with an
infected person outside the home.
The owner of the
second cat had tested positive for COVID-19 before the cat was tested.
There was another cat in the home but it has shown no signs of illness.
The only other 2 animals in the US reported to have COVID-19 are a tiger on April 4th and a lion on April 15th.
There have been a few animals in other parts of the world infected, but
they were known to have had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Can My Pet Transmit the Infection to Me Or To Other Pets Or To Members of My Household Or To Other Animals?
At this point in time, there is no evidence that pets play any role in spreading the virus in the US.
testing of animals is not recommended at this time, especially because
the welfare of companion animals may be compromised. There is simply not
enough data yet.
You can check for confirmed cases of animals with tested for COVID-19 on this site from the USDA.
Until more data is available, the CDC recommends the following:
- Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
- Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
- Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals.
- Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test),
restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would
around other people. Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding. There
may be a possibility that coronavirus droplets from a cough or sneeze
could remain on the fur of pets for a period of time.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are
sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and
after you interact with them.
Should I Not Let My Dog Lick My Hands After I Use Sanitizer?
a false warning making the rounds that sanitizer has the same
ingredients as antifreeze which is toxic to dogs. So you should not let
dogs lick your hands. Not true!
The misconception comes from the misunderstanding of the properties of 2 chemicals, propylene glycol and ethyl glycol.
glycol is used in sanitizers to hold in moisture to prevent the hands
from drying out. It is also found in some antifreeze. This is when it
replaces ethylene glycol, the usual active ingredient, to make the
antifreeze more environmentally friendly and to lower its general
glycol is indeed toxic to dogs as well as to humans. Propylene glycol
is not at all toxic. The extra carbon atom in propylene glycol is why
this is the case.
Thus, no worries
about your dog licking your hands after you have used sanitizer. It
may be more important to know what your dog had been licking before he
or she licked your hands!
Is It Safe To Go To
The Grocery Store?
The short answer is to try to minimize visits to any store because of the risk of being around other people.
Try to maintain at least a 3 to 6 foot buffer around yourself and others.
Use self-checkout when possible and hand sanitizer when you are finished.
Wash your hands with soap and water as soon as possible.
Are Masks and/or Gloves Necessary at the Grocery Store or any Store?
change has happened in regard to using face masks in any public place
such as a grocery store. In many areas, they are required.
does not recommend wearing N95 respirator masks or surgical masks, as
these must be reserved for the shortage of protective equipment facing
health care workers.
all been cautioned that the wearing of cloth masks is not for our own
protection but to protect others from us should we cough or sneeze or
be without any symptoms but still be able to spread the virus.
are another matter. They will not help if you touch your eyes, nose or
mouth with them. If you do use gloves, make sure they are disposable
and throw them away before getting into your car or as soon as you get
home. Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water as soon as
possible after you take your gloves off.
reality, you probably do not need gloves as long as you wash your hands
before and after your trip and don't touch your face with your hands. If
you need to use your phone in the store, make sure to clean it when you
Are Disinfectant Wipes Necessary When Leaving the Home and If So, What Do We Use Them For?
COVID-19 updates such as
using disinfectant wipes, paying with credit cards, cash, and checks,
using senior shopping hours, transmission of the virus from paper,
plastic bags, cardboard, food, raw fruits and vegetables, and clothes in
the laundry, please continue reading here.