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Coronavirus: Can I get infected by animals?

What is the risk of COVID-19 infection from animals or animal products imported from affected areas?

There is no evidence suggesting that animals or animal products imported from infected areas pose a risk for spreading COVID-19.

Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?

No. There is no evidence that companion animals or pets such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.

Is the coronavirus spread by insects?

No. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.

Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am infected with COVID-19?

You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.

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