As of March 16, 2020, there are more than 1 lakh 30 thousand confirmed cases of coronavirus in the world. Some reports say that since the experts have predicted a rise in the number of cases over the coming weeks, the government of India has been taking several measures and also opening several test centers where you can be safely tested for the COVID-19, Novel Coronavirus.
Coronavirus has caused major concern among the people who own pets. There are several reports that have been released by WHO regarding the safety of pets.
On March 12, 2020, The WHO told Quartz in an email that, “currently, there is no evidence that pets such as dogs and cats have infected humans with Covid-19 or can pets get coronavirus".
The revised stance comes in the wake of an infected dog being found in Hong Kong. The dog tested positive after remaining with its owners who were sick with the virus. The dog wasn’t showing any clinical signs of the disease, according to a report from the World Organisation for Animal Health. There’s no evidence that dogs can spread the disease or that the disease can cause an animal to fall ill, the organization says, though further studies may bring new findings regarding 'can dogs get coronavirus'.
World organization for Animal Health advises pet owners infected or susceptible to being infected with the coronavirus to avoid close contact with their pets and have another member of the household care for the animals. If they must look after their pet, they should maintain good hygiene practices and wear a face mask if possible.
Shelley Rankin, a microbiologist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadelphia, advises pet owners to include animals in their family’s preparedness planning. She says that some animals might be quarantined in a hospital, or at home.