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Pets Often Get COVID-19 from Owners: Study

Humans can transmit the coronavirus to their pets — and it happens more often than you think, says a new study.

“About one out of five pets will catch the disease from their owners,” said Dr. Els Broens of Utrecht University in the Netherlands, who authored the study, Reuters reported. “Luckily, the animals do not get very ill from it.”

Broens’ study was based on tests on 156 dogs and 154 cats from 156 households where humans were known to have the virus. About 17% of the animals — 31 cats and 23 dogs — had antibodies for the coronavirus, suggesting infection, Reuters reported.

Additionally, six cats and seven dogs, or 4.2% of the animals, had an active infection as shown by a PCR test.

The study said there are no known cases of the disease spreading from pets to humans.

Broens said further testing proved those animals who had previously been infected recovered quickly and did not pass the disease to other pets in the household.

In the early part of the pandemic, some scientists speculated bats transmitted the coronavirus to humans but those ideas lack solid scientific merit.

Only minks are known to pass the virus between humans, Reuters reported.

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