Are pets at risk of getting or spreading COVID-19?

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Recent reports of cats and dogs becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to update its guidelines for pets. According to the CDC, two pet cats in New York City became the first domestic animals in the U.S. to test positive for the virus. Then earlier this week, a pug in North Carolina became the first dog to receive the diagnosis. In all cases, the pets had become infected after having close contact with people with COVID-19.

Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic COVID-19 expert, says dogs and cats have their own set of coronaviruses that they don’t really spread to humans. However, health experts are still learning a lot about COVID-19.

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