Dog owners watch out! According to a new Corona study, dog owners are said to have a 78 percent higher rate of contracting Covid-19. This finding is based on a survey by the University of Granada and the Andalusian School of Public Health in Spain.
For the study published in the journal «Environmental Research» was published, researchers surveyed 2,086 people in Spain, around 40 percent of whom were between 40 and 54 years of age. The scientists wanted to know what the respondents did during the pandemic and whether they were infected with the coronavirus. The aim of the study: In this way, the researchers wanted to find out which activity is associated with the highest risk of corona infection.
Researchers warn of corona infection in dog owners
“The results of our research warn of increasing infection among dog owners,” said the Spanish researcher Cristina Sánchez González, professor at the University of Granada. Owners do not need to worry about their beloved four-legged friend. Although there have already been confirmed corona cases in both dogs and cats, the animals apparently did not get sick. However, the researchers believe that dogs infected with the virus can spread it or pass it on to their owners by touching contaminated surfaces in public.
The reason for the higher prevalence among dog owners has not yet been clarified. “In view of the currently scarce resources for diagnosing Sars-CoV-2 in humans, the possibility of a diagnosis in dogs is extremely unlikely,” says Sánchez González.
The risk of infection for dog owners is similar to that for office workers
The scientists who conducted the study recommend that dog owners pay special attention to hygiene during and after walking. “In the midst of a pandemic and in the absence of effective treatment or a vaccine, preventive hygiene is the only salvation. These measures should also be used in dogs which, according to our study, appear to increase the risk of contracting the virus, either directly or indirectly, ”explains the professor.
The Spanish study also revealed further findings on the increased risk of infection. Accordingly, dog owners are at a similar risk as people who have to work in the office instead of in the home office. According to the study, the risk for office workers is increased by 76 percent. Home delivery of groceries from the supermarket is even more dangerous. The risk increases by 94 percent and is therefore significantly more dangerous than shopping directly in the store.
The bottom line is that 4.7 percent, i.e. around 98 of those surveyed, were infected with Covid-19. (wheel)