owning a dog increases the risk of being infected by 78%, according to a study

A large Spanish study has shed light on the situations and behaviors that expose us to a high risk of coronavirus contamination. Result: dog owners see the risk of contracting the virus increase by 78%.

Even more surprisingly, home grocery delivery (94%) represents the most dangerous activity: going to a store would therefore be less risky according to the data, established by the survey carried out among 2,086 people during their activities during the confinement in Spain between March and May 2020. Spanish scientists have also found a high probability of infection in the event of travel for work (+ 76%) and for people living with a person affected by the virus (+ 60%).

Regarding the transmission of the virus by dogs, Cristina Sánchez González, co-author of the study published in the journal Environmental Research, recalls that data is insufficient to determine if animals “are themselves carriers of the virus, or if the owners are infected through contaminated objects, which they are more likely to handle”.

Can dogs infect humans?

Several hypotheses also persist: dog owners may be less sensitive to compliance with hygiene measures. In addition, they may be “more exposed to social contact” when walking their pet. Finally, the researchers do not exclude the risk that “the virus spreads in the feces”, explains Futura Sciences.

While scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the Alfort National Veterinary School believe that domestic animals are not easily infected with the virus, cases of transmission from mink to humans through “a new mutated strain” recently aroused the concerns of the scientific community. According to several studies, dogs can be infected without developing symptoms of the disease.

But a study from the VetAgro Sup veterinary school in Lyon recalls that if the contamination of domestic animals is “largely” an asymptomatic infection, “nothing would indicate that they can then recontaminate humans “, it is reported on BFMTV.

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