COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (UPDATED MAY 26, 2020)
As with all zoonotic illnesses, we are wise to employ certain strategies in the case of COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2.
At this time, there is no evidence to support that our companion animals, particularly dogs and cats, can transmit the disease to humans or other animals. However, wise precautions can limit the opportunity for the virus to be transmitted person to person, as well as to develop the ability to infect our companion animals.
Knowing that this is a rapidly evolving situation, the best prevention is to follow strategies that are indicated for any infectious respiratory disease.
Furthermore, ensure that you are getting the most accurate information from the most reputable sources. Some sources are listed below our recommended strategies:
In order to protect yourself from infection with SARS-CoV-2, please take the following steps:
- Wash your hands often, using soap and water for 20 seconds, rinse thoroughly and, particularly in public places, dry with disposable paper
- When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your arm
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people displaying symptoms typical of COVID-19 such coughing, sneezing, sore throat, etc.
Government of Canada public health services
Ontario Ministry of Health: www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus