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Pet owners hurry to buy face masks for their furry companions because they fear they will get the COVID-19 virus.
The World Health Organization said there is no evidence that pets could become infected with the virus. An expert in China believes this is possible.
Pictures of cats and dogs wearing protective gear are common on social media websites.
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Sales of facial masks for pets have increased due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, but how likely it is that furry friends will be infected with the virus is still unclear.
While the World Health Organization previously determined that there is no evidence that pets are likely to get the novel corona virus, a Chinese expert says it can, Newsweek reported.
Li Lanjuan, an epidemiologist, was quoted in the China Daily, a state-owned English-language newspaper, and warned the public to keep their pets away from infected people. Her comments were made in an interview with China Central Television last month.
The China Daily reported that Lanjuan said, “When pets go out and have contact with an infected person, they have the opportunity to become infected. Until then, pets must be isolated. In addition to humans, we should be extra careful with other mammals. Pets. “
However, the World Health Organization said there is currently no evidence that pets can get the new COVID-19 virus. They recommended that people wash their hands after contact with their pets because bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella can be transmitted between furry friends and humans.
Robert Kim-Farley, professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California at Los Angeles, told Business Insider that the virus – which researchers believe has spread from animals to humans – could potentially spread to pets , However, there is no evidence to suggest this at this time.
While dogs are able to become infected with some strains of coronavirus such as dog airway coronavirus, the American Kennel Association said this new coronavirus is not a threat to your four-legged friends.
Nevertheless, people, especially in China, are still hurrying to get masks for their cats and dogs. Zhou Tianxiao, who sells dog face masks, told the Daily Mail that his sales had increased from 150 a month to 50 a day.
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USA Today reported that some companies are running out of masks. Kirby Holmes, owner and CEO of K9 Mask, told USA Today that they executed orders from Wuhan and increased the business by 300 to 400%.
“We typically have an average of five to ten units a day. We have sold 110 to 130 units in the past few days,” Holmes told USA Today.
It is not just dogs that the owner wants to protect. Many pictures of cats with temporary face masks have been distributed online.
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