Covid: Can pets catch and transmit the coronavirus?

  • André Biernath – @andre_biernath
  • From BBC News Brazil in London

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Cats can catch the coronavirus, but known episodes are rare

In late June, a group of researchers from Thailand reported the first known case in which a human caught Covid after coming into contact with a cat that was infected with the coronavirus.

This is the fourth animal species in which infection with the pathogen and the possibility of transmitting the disease to people have been documented — the other three are mink, hamsters and white-tailed deer.

But, after all, can pets really get covid? The answer is yes, and there are several studies that confirm this possibility.

However, as far as is known, these cases are rare and the infection tends to be much milder in them.