There is no danger of getting COVID-19 from pets.


True. The UK Government and WHO say there’s no evidence that pets can transmit COVID-19.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ‘Several dogs and cats (domestic cats and tigers) in contact with infected humans have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, ferrets appear to be susceptible to the infection. In experimental conditions, both cats and ferrets were able to transmit infection to other animals of the same species. However, there is no evidence that these animals can transmit the disease to humans and spread COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks.’

Public Health England echoes this statement, acknowledging ‘There is emerging evidence that some animals can become infected with SARS-CoV-2 (which causes coronavirus) following close contact with infected humans. At this time, there is no evidence that pets can transmit the disease to humans.’

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs within the British Government adds that, ‘In line with general advice on coronavirus, you should wash your hands before and after being around or handling animals or their food.’


UK Government – Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people in England with animals

UK Government – Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

WHO – Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)

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From RSPCA staff – YOU CANNOT, I repeat YOU CANNOT get coronavirus (Covid-19) from your pets. People are dumping their animals at shelters out of ignorance and fear- PLEASE PLEASE post this on your page and get the word out before more animals are abandoned. Please help.