The WHO on Wednesday iterated that it will investigate the transmission of virus between cats and humans after a study suggested that cats are prone to being infected with the deadly disease, while clarifying that dogs are not vulnerable to the virus.
Additionally, the study also stated that ferrets may also contract the disease, which was published on the journal Science website. It also concluded that chickens, ducks, and pigs are not vulnerable to the SARS-CoV-2.
The primary motive of the study was to identify the animals that are vulnerable to the virus in order to identify the ones on which a vaccine can be tested. The coronavirus was first transmitted from a bat to a human. Nevertheless, there’s no evidence to back the theory that pets could potentially transmit the virus to humans.
The study that was conducted at the beginning of the year discovered that ferrets and cats remain highly vulnerable to the virus when they introduced the virus particles through the animals’ nose.
Further, they also learned that one cat can transmit the virus to another cat by way of respiratory droplets. The virus appeared in the nose, mouth, and small intestine of the infected cat. Kittens that received exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 had giant lesions in the throat, lungs, and nose.
On the contrary, the ferrets that were infected had the virus in the upper respiratory tract but did not suffer any sever symptoms like that of cats.
Dogs were unlikely to contract COVID-19 as per the results of the antibody test, while chickens, ducks, and pigs were found to be invulnerable altogether.