Can my pet spread the COVID-19 Virus?

There is currently no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 or that they might be a source of infection in the United States. But animals can spread other diseases to people, so you should always wash your hands after being around animals.

What if I’ve got COVID-19 or think I might?

If you have the corona virus (or think you might have it), you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. You should also restrict your contact with pets and other animals.

Although there aren't any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, caution is needed. People who are sick or might be sick with COVID-19 should limit their contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.

When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals. For safety, avoid petting or snuggling your pet. Don't let your pet kiss or lick you, and refrain from sharing food.

If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you're sick or think you might be sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a face mask.

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