A recent scientific study has found that dog owners face an increase in the risk of infection with the emerging coronavirus, by 78%.
In a report published by the French newspaper Le Figaro, writer Margo Dadamar says that a new scientific study has shown that dog owners face a 78% risk of contracting the Coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, which prompted many to question the extent of The possibility that dogs are incubators and carriers of this virus.
The Journal of Environmental Research published a study conducted in Spain that included 2,086 people about their daily lives in home quarantine, between March and May 2020, in order to identify behaviors that increase the risk of exposure to infection. These researchers found that owning a dog at home increases the risk of contracting the Coronavirus by 78%.
But the question remains, do dogs actually transmit the infection to humans, and is there scientific evidence that these pets may be the incubating environment for this disease?
The author adds that previous scientific opinions were considered that pets can be infected with the Coronavirus, but they do not contribute to its spread among humans, but the scientific study published on November 19 found that dogs’ bodies are able to embrace the virus without appearing She has symptoms.
The author added that natural infections in dogs can occur within the framework of their exposure to great viral pressure, meaning their constant and close contact with their owners who are infected with the virus.
Dogs have no role in the spread of the epidemic
According to experts, despite the intense exposure to the virus, as thousands of infected people had contact with their pets, only a small number of dogs showed symptoms. Also, tests conducted on dogs that were in contact with patients did not prove that they had a role in transmitting the virus.
Based on this, the scientists concluded that until this hour there are no scientific data proving that the transmission of the emerging corona virus is possible between dog and human. This study confirmed in its conclusion that pets do not play any role in incubating and spreading the virus, but nevertheless it made a recommendation to remain cautious when contacting these organisms.
The author pointed out that other researchers at the French Pasteur Institute and the National School of Veterinary Medicine conducted numerous tests on cats and dogs in constant contact with people who tested positive for the Coronavirus and also showed clinical symptoms. These researchers announced that the risk of transmitting infection from animals to humans was very low.
According to Mark Eloa of the research team at the Pasteur Institute, “unlike some other organisms, dogs have a very weak sensitivity to the virus.” This expert in virology explained that in order for the virus to be transmitted from the animal to the human, there must be very close contact between the dog and its owner, for example, as if a person constantly kisses his dog.
The author indicated that although dogs are not a true carrier and carrier of the virus, some other hypotheses could explain the results of the Spanish study, which confirmed that dog owners are more susceptible to infection with the virus. Among these hypotheses is the possibility that the owners of these pets are more likely to socialize and socialize when they go out for walks and walks with their dogs. This simply means that going out with the dog means an increased chance of exposure to infection from other humans.
The author believes that this means that contact with the dog in itself is not the source of danger, but rather the habits and behaviors related to raising and caring for these creatures.
“It is taking the dog for a walk that is dangerous,” says Mark Eloa. It is this social factor that explains why dog owners are the most vulnerable to infection. They regularly take this pet out of the house and on the way they meet other people and talk to them, especially if they also have dogs. In epidemiology, this is called (mixing factors), meaning that there is no direct practical relationship between the two matters, but rather a common factor.
Just as research has shown that a person can transmit the emerging corona virus to some pets such as dogs, on the other hand, no infection cases have been recorded in humans from the animal accompanying him. This means that having a cat or dog in the home is not the factor that increases the likelihood of exposure to the virus, but rather the daily habits associated with raising this pet.
Humans into animals
According to the Mayo Clinic, the “Covid-19” disease is mostly transmitted between humans, but it can also be transmitted from humans to animals.
The site said that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America, a small number of pets – including cats and dogs – were infected with the virus that causes Covid-19. In most cases, this occurred after close contact between these animals and people infected with Covid-19.
He added that based on the limited information available, the risk of transmitting “Covid-19” from animals to humans is low. And animals do not seem to play a noticeable role in spreading the virus that causes Covid-19. There is no evidence that viruses can be transmitted to other animals or to humans through the skin, fur, or hair of pets.
However, keep in mind that young children, people with weakened immune systems, and people 65 years of age or older are more susceptible to infection with some of the other germs that animals can carry.
The “Mayo Clinic” site said that to protect your pet from “Covid-19”, do not allow your dog or cat to interact with people or animals outside the home.