To find out how contagious cats are people, three Dutch universities will infect the animals with the coronavirus. Also examined cats from owners who Covid-19 have had.
The research is done by the Wageningen University and Research (WUR), Utrecht University and Erasmus University Rotterdam. “Cats are known to be susceptible to corona,” says virologist Wim van der Poel of WUR. “The idea is that we will see what exactly the disease takes in cats, or animals get sick and how fast and whether people are infected by cats.”
The idea is that the risk of the spread of coronavirus by pet in this way can be better assessed. It can also be viewed as the coronavirus infection in cats can be prevented.
Taken from a mink
It has been thought that this risk is not so great and that animals getting more people than the other. But the suspicion that an employee of a mink farm in England consists suffered coronavirus mink. Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten has now instructed to examine more than a hundred mink farms corona.
“We are busy with day and night,” says Professor Van der Poel. “All animals are to be examined to death.”
Most other animals seem to be less susceptible to the virus, although even once when a dog is adopted contamination. Why would the monkey virus to humans can transmit, why Ouwehand Zoo in Rhenen caregivers wear masks and let distance keep late.
Van der Poel recommends people always wash their hands as they stroked their cat. He also advises people who corona phenomena have to keep the cat in here and not to hug or let lick.
Yet the corona virus infected at five cats, although there may be more later. In 150 cats living in a household where someone has corona, is examined how the virus is similar to that of humans. Also try to assess the universities how fast the infection of humans has gone cat, or possibly vice versa.