Animals and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

This information is provided by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC"), CDC page last reviewed: March 16, 2020:

 
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels, and bats. Some coronaviruses, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals and do not infect humans.
 
Risk to people: We do not know the exact source of this virus. Public health officials and partners are working hard to identify the source of COVID-19. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person to person. The coronavirus most similar to the virus causing COVID-19 is the one that causes SARS. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 or that they might be a source of infection.
 
Risk from imported animals and animal products: CDC does not have evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products pose a risk for spreading COVID-19
 
How to stay healthy around animals: There is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time. However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals.
 
Risk to pets: CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.
 
Related Resources
  • COVID-19 and Animals FAQs
  • Interim Guidance for Public Health Professionals Managing People with COVID-19 in Home Care and Isolation Who Have Pets or Other Animals