After news came over the weekend that a tiger at the Bronx Zoo was infected with COVID-19, experts continue to maintain there isn’t enough verifiable evidence to suggest that cats or dogs could spread the disease to humans. In the case of the tiger, it was believed the animal contracted the virus from a zoo employee. Consequently, social distancing is also recommended for anyone who is sick to limit contact with their pets.
The US Department of Agriculture told The New York Times that there have not been any known reports of pets becoming sick in the country. “If you are sick with COVID -19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked and sharing food,” the report said.
The Agriculture Department also noted that other animals at the zoo may also be infected though the tiger was the only one tested. The animals were expected to recover.
A handful of reports have come about worldwide that animals had been tested and confirmed to have COVID-19. The CDC says it does not have evidence that pets can spread disease.