Updated 5:51 p.m. March 27
The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is closely monitoring developments related to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and its potential impact on animals.
The Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and other institutions cited here continue to update their information as more is learned about the novel coronavirus.
Should I be concerned about pets or other animals and COVID-19?
There have now been hundreds of thousands of documented COVID-19 cases in humans around the world. Despite this, there have been only a handful of cases where this infection has been found in pets. For this reason there is currently a very low risk that the virus causing COVID-19 can spread from human to animal, and there is no evidence that it can spread from a pet to humans.
Though the virus appears to have emerged from an animal source, the Centers for Disease Control says there is no reason to think that any animals in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus.
Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick with COVID-19?
If you are sick with COVID-19, you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just as you would for people. That includes avoiding petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked or sharing food.
If possible, the CDC recommends having another member of your household care for your animals if you are sick with COVID-19.
Since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.
More Resources for Information About COVID-19 and Animals:
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses
American Veterinary Medical Association: https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19
United States Department of Agriculture: https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus