A German Shepherd friend, the first dog to test positive for COVID-19, died this month.
The symptoms of COVID-19 initially appeared in April. According to an exclusive report by National Geographic, he breathed hard, became drowsy and lost weight.
Although he was tested for COVID-19 on May 15, his family did not receive confirmation of the disease until June 2. The New York City Department of Health did not report them.
A Buddhist started vomiting a clot a month later, and doctors found out that the beloved dog also had lymphoma. Buddy’s family decided that humane behavior would make him sleep. (It is not clear to doctors what role COVID-19 plays in lymphoma in the dog.)
“My pet was like my son,”; Buddy owner Allison Mahoney told National Geographic. “When he passed in front of me, all his paws were in his blood. I cleaned him before I went to the vet and stayed with him in the back seat. I said, ‘I will hear your voice, because all our cruel friends.’ Your voice will be heard, Friend. “
Since this writing, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has diagnosed more than two dozen animals with a new coronavirus. So far, there is no evidence that pets can easily become infected with the new coronavirus. At the same time, there are still concerns that humans could infect animals. Therefore, individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 are advised to avoid physical contact with their pets and other animals.
“We are still learning about SARS-CoV-2 in animals, but there is currently no evidence that animals play an important role in spreading the virus,” the USDA said in a press release when the American discussed the first diagnosis of COVID-19. pet dog. “Based on the limited information available, the risk of the animal virus spreading to humans is considered to be low. There is no justification for taking action against animal companions that could harm their welfare.”
Studies show that both dogs and cats are sensitive to COVID-19, although cats are. At the same time, health professionals urge pet owners to avoid their animal companions just for fear of getting sick.
“The danger we face is that people get excited to hear that companion animals can be carriers of the virus and decide to get rid of them,” Jürgen Richt, a veterinary virologist at Kansas State University in Manhattan, told Nature in May.
The first known new animal coronavirus infection in the U.S. was Nadia, a four-year-old Malay tiger living in the Bronx Zoo. Nadia was tested for the new coronavirus when she began to show alarming symptoms, including a dry cough and loss of appetite.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported cases of COVID-19 in lions and mares. Chamomile, cynomolgus macaques, ferrets, ruins, golden Syrian hamsters and rhesus macaques have also been found to be infected.
The agency also notes that the origin of the new coronavirus originated in bats.
“Some coronaviruses that infect animals can spread to humans and then spread to humans, but this is rare,” he writes. “It happened to the virus that caused the current outbreak of COVID-19. The virus most likely originated in bats. The first infected infections were related to the live animal market, but the virus is now spreading among humans.”
It adds: “The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads mainly among people through airway droplets, coughing, sneezing and talking. Recent studies show that people who are infected but have no symptoms also play an important role in the spread of COVID. -19 “.