Experts urge people not to abandon pets as COVID can’t spread from animals to humans


As the rumours of the transmission of Covid-19 form animals to humans get momentum amid the second wave, top doctors and experts of the country have debunked the myth, stating that there is no data that shows the virus spread form animals to humans.

Many activists and pet welfare animal organizations raised concern over people leaving their pets on the streets due to fear of COVID transmission. Meanwhile, the top doctors and veterinarians negate the rumours.

Leading pet specialist Dr Sandeep Singh said, “Pets do not spread COVID infection to humans. People should avoid these rumours. There us no need to leave dogs and cats on the streets. I received many calls from people asking if COVID can spread form pets. I apprised them that these are only rumours. So far no institution has said that there is a risk of spreading COVID infection from pets.”

Dr Ishwar Gilada also urged people to avoid the false narratives and not abandon their pets. Gilada explained that it is not a zootonic disease and can only be spread from humans to humans.

AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria told ANI, “There is no data that shows the virus spread from animals to humans. We only have data showing that the virus spread from humans to animals as seen in a zoo in New York during the first wave.”

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